More personal protective equipment is produced domestically
About 88% of PPE in Scotland for the NHS is now produced locally, MSPs have been told.
Holyrood’s public audit committee heard that items made in Scotland are also exported to Europe.
The panel heard evidence from leaders at NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) on Thursday morning.
CEO Mary Morgan said the past two years have “without doubt been the most challenging in NSS history”.
She said, “During the pandemic, we have protected frontline workers by providing more than a billion items of personal protective equipment for health and social care and providing more than a billion items of personal protective equipment for health and social care, and we have established a virtual portal to help address inquiries during periods of great stress.” .
“We have also established a local supply chain for personal protective equipment, with 88% of supplies coming from Scottish companies, which not only provides Scotland with greater flexibility but also an additional economic advantage.”
She said the NSS has set up 94 testing sites across the country, as well as the National Contact Tracing Center.
Richard Leonard, the panel’s meeting organizer, said he and other participants from the mid-size sector “look in awe at zero to 88% growth in the percentage of domestic supply.”
He asked whether Scottish manufacturers were now in a position to supply international markets.
Gordon Petty, director of national procurement at NSS, said transparent face masks made in Scotland were being considered for use in England and had won export orders from Europe.
“This is a great example of the initiative here being a springboard for exports,” he said.