Survey finds 92% of NHS Estate Managers believe Procurement Departments ignoring sustainability

A survey carried out by an independent campaign for the NHS has found significant failure from Boards to support sustainable development. The survey, conducted by The NHS Sustainability Day Campaign, found overwhelming evidence that healthcare professionals are struggling to get investment to drive efficiency within their organisation. Over twenty-six trusts within England participated in the flash survey which ran for seventy-two hours during October.

Other key findings from the survey include a distinct lack of engagement amongst sustainability professionals and their procurement teams. A staggering ninety two percent of respondents felt that Procurement professionals had little or no understanding of sustainability and its benefits to their organisation. One respondent commented-

 “More pressure is needed to prioritise environmental sustainability over immediate cost… health care organisations need to be encouraged to procure reusable products rather than single use disposable products”

The survey comes ahead of the Campaigns 2019 launch taking place in London on October 25th. The launch will also see the 2018 Impact Report published which reflects on the current financial and carbon savings achieved by the NHS in the past twelve months. Speaking about the launch and survey, Campaign Manager, Scott Buckler said;

This survey demonstrates what we have been hearing for past twelve months, the government is not doing enough to drive the benefits sustainability can bring to the NHS.”

“It is also clear that Procurement Professionals are not being educated, trained or made aware of sustainability when procuring. This cannot continue if we are to deliver an NHS fit for the future.”

Discussing the launch next week, Mr buckler said;

“This Campaign is determined to accelerate sustainability within the NHS and define that it is more than just carbon, it is about financial sense which is too big of a benefit to ignore as currently is the case!”

Editors Notes

  • The Survey was anonymous
  • Twenty-six respondents
  • Survey and comments from respondents can be accessed by emailing
  • The campaign website
  • The campaign is independent and self-funded via membership
  • The Launch takes place 25th October, Resource for London, London
  • Launch includes 2018 Impact Report & Sustainable Declaration (Press release to follow)