Friday, 28 October 2011


Initial reaction to THE SPECIALS TARIFF is that it appears to reflect the input given by Specials manufacturers to the DH and the ACSM has welcomed its introduction. 
Speaking on behalf of the ACSM (Association of Commercial Specials Manufacturers), which represents 80% of specials manufacture in the UK, Chairman, Alan Krol (pictured left) said, “Over the last two years our members have worked closely with and provided data to the DH about pricing and volumes and we hoped this would be reflected in the tariff.  Although we have only just received the Tariff, we believe that it does represent much of our input and we are all now looking forward to putting it into practice.”
However the ACSM caution, it will take time to fully understand the full impact of the Tariff.  It has been a complex process, so no one can be certain yet if there will be any impact on the quality and continuity of supply, even though in the short term it will do much to restore confidence in the supply chain.
Continued ACSM Vice Chair, Sharon Griffiths, “The Tariff recognises the vital importance of the Specials sector and we need to continue to work together as an industry, with the DH and with our customers to ensure that the Tariff is workable over the coming months.   We hope all those within the supply chain will adopt a sensible and responsible response and use the Tariff to provide stability and transparency within the sector.”
The DH has made it clear that this exercise has always been about eliminating price escalation, rather than about saving money for the NHS.     The ultimate objective is to provide a framework whereby quality and value for money can work hand in hand to the benefit of patients - and the ACSM wholeheartedly supports this.

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