Government aims to eradicate modern slavery from NHS supply chains

Government aims to eradicate modern slavery from NHS supply chains

Landmark Health and Care Bill amendment will crack down on the use of goods and services in the NHS tainted by modern slavery
Part of UK’s mission to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in global supply chains
The government has tabled a landmark amendment to the Health and Care Bill aiming to eradicate the use of goods and services in the NHS that are tainted by slavery and human trafficking.

The amendment will help ensure the NHS, which is the biggest public procurer in the country, is not buying or using goods or services produced by or involving any kind of slave labour. This represents a significant step forward in the UK’s mission to crack down on the evils of modern slavery wherever it is found.

The power will allow tough regulations to be made which can set out steps that the NHS should be taking to assess the level of risk associated with individual suppliers, and the basis on which they should exclude them from a tendering process.

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