Trade body seeks healthcare sector’s views on security


British Security Industry Association launches survey on procurement attitudes to security management

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is researching the procurement attitudes of the UK healthcare sector.

The BSIA is seeking to understand the factors that influence security procurement and investment in the healthcare sector through an online survey launched this week.

The survey, which is open to all individuals involved in the procurement and management of security products and services, aims to provide the BSIA and its members with a better understanding of the needs of the healthcare sector.

James Kelly, chief executive of the BSIA, said: “Protecting staff, patients and visitors is of paramount importance to healthcare providers. By gaining an understanding of our industry’s clients and their security needs, we can ensure a closer relationship between buyers and suppliers throughout the procurement, implementation and maintenance of security products and services.

“We know that healthcare providers take security extremely seriously to protect persons in their care, and also to protect highly-valuable and often-dangerous equipment or medication. We want to make sure that those responsible for the procurement of security solutions are receiving the goods and services they need, which are fit for purpose now and for the future.”

With questions covering a wide range of topics, including the impact of economic recovery on security spending, the survey will ultimately identify emerging trends in buying behaviour, and how these relate to perceived security threats facing a number of business sectors, including retail, transport, healthcare and education.

The survey will be open for responses until Friday, 12 June and the results will help to underpin a campaign to ensure that security buyers are making informed procurement decisions on quality, futureproof solutions.

“Cheaper is not always best and, often, an unsuitable product or service can be more costly in the long-run,” said Kelly.

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Industry clients, buyers and procurement professionals can access the survey online by clicking here.