Healthcare challenge might be less about resources and more about logistics, argues supply chain veteran Phil Storer.
Healthcare is never far from the news agenda whether it’s isolation wards for the first cases of Coronavirus – Covid 19 – to reach the UK or the predictable mix of contagious headlines around the ‘winter of discontent’ and examples of crowded corridors linked to the chronic underfunding of the NHS – but is that the real story?
The ever-present word in healthcare is “waiting”; waiting rooms crammed with patients; waiting for a bed; waiting times, waiting lists, waiting to be discharged, waiting for a doctor/specialist, waiting for medicines from the pharmacy, waiting for an ambulance or waiting for the results of the tests – the list goes on. Yet waiting is really no more than the symptom of supply chain inefficiency. And actually, alongside the brilliant teams of caring people who work in healthcare every day, it’s all about making that supply chain work harder.