A group that represents some of the largest employers in New York City issued a report urging the city to develop its own group purchasing organization for hospital supplies as a strategy to improve the city’s overall public health system.
The report comes from the Partnership for New York City and Deloitte Consulting, The group said New York City should develop its own group purchasing, local-sourcing or manufacturing of hospital supplies.
The shortage of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn criticism from unions representing workers in the group. New York hospitals had to turn to upfront payments, charity donations and deal-making to obtain medical supplies.
The group is also calling for other public health reforms, such as a system to set health standards for indoor spaces and better integration of healthcare with social and economic initiatives for vulnerable citizen
The Partnership for New York City is a nonprofit organization with more than 1.5 million New York members. The Partnership build bridges between the leaders of global industries and government, drawing on the resources and expertise of business to help solve public challenges, create jobs and strengthen neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.
Areas of focus include improving public transportation, creating a world-class life sciences industry cluster, preparing students for the jobs of the future and expanding economic opportunities for all New Yorkers.
The approximately 300 members of the Partnership for New York City include corporate, investment and entrepreneurial firms. Members include Bank of America, Goldman Sachs Group, JetBlue Airways, American Express, AT&T, Bloomberg, Bloomingdale’s, Con Edison, EmblemHealth, Google, and IBM.
Takeaway: The pandemic has alerted business leaders that new initiatives need to be developed to accelerate slow recovery of New York City