Enforce Proper Purchasing Routines for all Govt Orders worth more than (say) £25000 per year

Purchasing is a skilled profession, with proper Institute training and qualifications required.

Govt spends many millions of pounds per year on equipment such as vehicles, computers, medical equipment as well as office requirements, central heating oil, fuel, stationery etc. 

It should be standard procedure that ANY order with an annual value of more than (say) £25000 should be subject to tender with a minimum of 3 suppliers quoting against a stated specification to ensure equal treatment and opportunity - with the cheapest quotes to be accepted.

There should NOT be any situation where one individual has the ability and powers to sign off large orders without proper supervision or transparency.

Govt several years ago declared that "commercial confidentiality" should be relaxed to ensure proper openness on large contract values - why has this not been actioned ?

Why the contribution is important

Proper purchasing routines and open competitive tendering could and should result in significant savings in Govt costs - and resulting in increased public confidence that taxpayers money was being spent prudently, knowing that such routines were standard policy.

by Grumpy on May 14, 2017 at 11:06PM

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  • Posted by JMT May 15, 2017 at 14:49

    I agree wholeheartedly with the above comments.

    I noticed recently, whilst visiting a ward at Nobles Hospital, that a Dyson Fan was being used at the nurses station, there is also another on the Reception Desk at the General Registry at Douglas Courthouse. These items cost hundreds of pounds whereas simple desk fans can be purchased for less than £20. An absolute waste of Government money if this is the case, as I suspect, throughout Government buildings. Who allows Government money to be wasted in this fashion and this is only the 'tip of the iceberg'.
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