Regional Ministry of Health. Madrid Health Service
Beyond Health Public Procurement: How We Manage To Improve The Protection Of Health Professionals Against COVID-19
As the pandemic crippled production lines across the world, healthcare authorities found themselves locked in a fierce competition over a rapidly diminishing supply of personal protective equipment. Some unscrupulous manufacturers took advantage of the chaos: low-grade masks and other shoddy protective supplies began to appear in the market, putting healthcare workers at risk of exposure to the virus.
This prompted the Madrid Health Service to create a stringent process to vet masks and other protective equipment. The effort was led by the General Sub-Direction in Healthcare Procurement (SGC), which was in charge of procuring supplies for hospitals across Madrid.
The SGC launched a standardized method of procuring PPE for Madrid’s healthcare workers. Under this system, the Deputy in Healthcare Procurement initiated direct contact with FENIN, or the Spanish Federation of Health Technology Companies. FENIN then identified companies of recognized prestige and reliability who can produce PPEs in the shortest possible time and with the best guarantees.
The SGC also worked with other government entities to secure the procurement of quality equipment. To ensure the quality of available PPEs, a working group composed of technicians from the Occupational Risk Prevention Services was created. The working group assessed the technical data sheets and certifications of various kinds of PPEs.