The statutory body that runs public medical clinics and Peebles Hospital will soon centralise its purchasing system, a move officials hope will save money, improve quality and make life easier for vendors.

Canya Stoddard, senior accountant with the BVI Health Services Authority, said that under the new system the hospital’s vendors will deal directly with the authority’s purchasing department. Under the previous system, she explained, each medical facility did its own ordering.

“We realised that that was draining on the government, and it didn’t allow for good relationships with our vendors,” Ms. Stoddard said.

For example, she said, one vendor selling products to three different clinics would have to invoice the BVIHSA three separate times and receive three different payments.

See the April 7, 2011 edition for full coverage.