Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd (SingHealth) Group Procurement Office (GPO) adopts prudent procurement strategies to keep healthcare costs affordable.
Established in January 2003, the GPO comprises of the following pillars :
This team drives the sourcing activities for the drug purchases for all the public healthcare institutions in Singapore.
This team is responsible for the sourcing activities for Medical & Surgical Supplies, and Contract Services including Housekeeping, Waste Management, Corporate Travel & Energy.
This team is responsible for the sourcing activities of all IT related and CAPEX spend.
Stewardship for team’s strategic planning, incl Balance Scorecard & KPI
Drive Supply Chain Connectivity & Networking
SC learning & development platforms
Supplier management/collaboration framework.
These are the GPO teams that are co-located at the respective institutions within the cluster. They provide the critical supply chain operations, consisting materials management and warehousing, logistics and distribution. These team are key in being the conduit between GPO and the institutions.
Over the span of 12 years, the team at GPO has been working relentlessly with the nation’s public healthcare institutions to help reduce the total cost of ownership. The office currently addresses about 60% of the total non-labour annual spend base of about $350 million for pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies and services. Till date, the team has accumulated cost savings of close to $240 million. This achievement is due to active engagement of user champions and internal staff through a more systematic approach to streamline and standardize products and services across the cluster. In addition, this would not be made possible without the unceasing support by the SingHealth Board, senior management and staff.
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