Health minister Stephen Hammond says the NHS could save a third on breakfasts in the bulk
So hospital managers are being The NHS Supply Chain, rather than the buy locally, was urged to use the health service's central purchasing arm. NHS Supply will no longer routinely stock breakfast cereals Weetabix and Bran Flakes because of rising prices
Patients would also lose out on strawberry and yogurt plus fruit and nut chocolate Alps cereal bars.
A Department of Health source said branded items would be swapped for like-for-like products which offer better value. Mr. Hammond also says some NHS trusts are paying 40 per cent more for tea than others.
He added: “The NHS pays wildly different amounts for simple things like tea, beans, and jam. By signing up, hospitals could save thousands of pounds. ”
Nineteen Trusts are in the scheme and Mr Hammond wants all hospitals to join. Rona Miranda or NHS Supply Chain said: “We work hard to source nutritious food at the most competitive prices.” Hospitals will be able to order in cereals if they want and changes will be vetted