More PPE produced in the country
Some 88% of Scotland’s PPE for the NHS is now produced in the country, MSPs have been informed.
Holyrood’s public audit committee heard that items made in Scotland were also exported to Europe.
The committee heard testimony from leaders of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) on Thursday morning.
Executive Director Mary Morgan said the past two years had “without a doubt been the most difficult in the history of the NSS”.
She said: “During the pandemic, we have protected frontline workers by locating and providing over a billion items of PPE to health and social services, and established a virtual portal to help treat demands during times of high pressure.
“We have also established a national supply chain for PPE, with 88% of supplies coming from Scottish companies, which not only offers Scotland more resilience but also an additional economic advantage. “
The NSS had set up 94 testing sites across the country, she said, as well as the national contact tracing center.
Richard Leonard, committee moderator, said he and other PSMs had “been impressed with the zero to 88 percent growth in the percentage of national supply.”
He asked if Scottish manufacturers are now able to supply international markets.
Gordon Beattie, national purchasing manager at NSS, said transparent masks made in Scotland were being considered for use in England and had won export orders from Europe.
He said: “This is a great example of the initiative here as a springboard for exports. “