Short staffing. Short supply levels. Long transit times. If healthcare providers keep treating these issues as temporary, their consequences will only last longer and recur more frequently.
We've heard stories of a ship waiting at a congested port for a month before it was able to offload its cargo. That's insane by normal standards, but we're not going back to the old normal anytime soon.
Supplies are only running late if you planned for them to arrive quickly. If you built the current lag between ordering and receiving into your sourcing plans, it isn't a lag at all. It's arriving exactly when you predicted.
It's probably fair to say that's not exactly ideal, but the sentiment is supported by the evidence of the news we were reading to prepare for this week's Five To Save:
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