FOI 2073 Surgical Suture Codes

May I kindly request annual usage information of all surgical suture codes being used by the trust at various hospitals?

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation can confirm the following in respect of annual usage and cost of surgical sutures:

9 suppliers
203 products
5946 boxes
Spend £323.1k inc. VAT

I require suture manufacturer codes with description and total boxes/pack ordered annually/per year.

This information is being withheld on the basis of the exemption contained within section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act (Commercial Interests).  The Trust accepts that there is a public interest in how public money is spent; however there is also a need to withhold information that would prejudice the commercial interests of the Trust and/or third parties.

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