I didn’t suggest that they were operating as standard. There are and always have been procurement tools that allow rapid procurement, the most obvious being a framework agreement.Not at the speed required it isn't. NHS procurement processes are not operating as standard at the moment because doing so would be too slow to meet demand.
Admittedly it’s approaching ten years since I was last involved in contracting to the NHS, but both NHS Providers and NHS Estates were diabolical then. I have a number of friends working supply side on NHS emergency contracts who aren’t being very complimentary.
Yes, the PPE numbers are vast; 48 million items issued over the Easter period?