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NHS SBS launches new IT hardware framework



Updated agreement extends to other public sector bodies

NHS Shared Business Service (NHS SBS) has refreshed its procurement framework for IT hardware and services, taking in 61 individual contracts over 10 lots.

The joint venture between the Department of Health and Sopra Steria that manages aggregated procurement for the NHS went live with the arrangement in mid-December, although the contract award notice has just been published in the EU Journal.

The deal covers a range of products and services, including desktops, laptops, tablets, healthcare IT (such as mobile carts and clinical assistant devices), clinical monitors, green IT, printers and scanners, deployment services, third party warranty and one stop shop.

A spokesperson told UKAuthority that the new arrangement is identical in structure to the IT Framework it replaces, but that the suppliers list has been refreshed to include a mixture of original equipment manufacturers and resellers.

The estimated value is £500 million and the framework is set to run for two years with two possible extensions of a year each.

The framework is open to public sector bodies outside the NHS: the organisation said that approximately 30 had signed up to access its predecessor.

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