Nottingham City Council is looking to buy millions of pounds worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help staff stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
An advertisement has now gone out to suppliers, asking for a wide range of equipment to protect people from the illness.
The advert – known as an invitation to tender – has been issued by Nottingham City Council on behalf of a wide range of public sector organisations throughout the city and county.
It means schools, housing associations and health bodies can quickly and more easily use the same advert to buy PPE and other equipment.
Council-owned companies, such as Robin Hood Energy and Nottingham City Transport are also eligible to use the contract.
The framework tender, published on the Government’s procurement website, will be able to be used by the following organisations:
Nottingham City Homes
Nottingham Revenues and Benefits
East Midlands Shared Service
Ashfield District Council
Bassetlaw District Council
Mansfield District Council
Broxtowe Borough Council
Gedling Borough Council
Newark & Sherwood District Council
Rushcliffe Borough Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
The University of Nottingham
Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust
Schools, academies or children’s centres within Nottingham city and county
Nottingham Highways Limited and any other Nottingham City Council owned company
The availability of PPE has been a key issue in recent days and weeks.
The military has been called in to help distribute PPE to the NHS, after a letter was published in the Times on Sunday, March 22 from 4,000 NHS workers who called for the Government to “protect the lives of the life-savers” and resolve the “unacceptable” shortage of protective equipment.
Meanwhile suppliers have faced significant pressure as the demand increases significantly.
Nottingham City Council has been approached for comment.