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Re: NHS-Cuts again
Posted by Francis on 28/8/2017, 16:29:47, in reply to "Re: NHS-Cuts again"
GF prescription flours and particularly bread mixes are short-shelf life items.GF Bread mixes are generally 12 months from production (although I have even seen 9 months). The flours usually 18 months from production. It may take another 2 weeks before they are delivered so a supplier is down to 11 1/2 months. You can kiss goodbye to another 3 months as customers/pharmacists may not accept such items with less than 3 months shelf life. So a supplier effectively has 8 1/2 months max to sell the bread mixes. The present system means the NHS gets stuff without these problems.
All of that is aside from whether or not particular items even get ordered.
The NHS is NOT a bulk buyer - it is lots of individual customers placing orders and I see no other way of running it unless you want suppliers to bid for tenders and a reduction in available options.