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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03395: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the comments in the paper, Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland (the McLelland report), regarding e-procurement, for what reasons hospitals and health centres continue to submit sourcing requests using handwritten forms and faxes.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 November 2016

Spend on electronic requisitioning has increased significantly over the last ten years with throughput on PECOS (the core NHS purchase ordering system) now at £1.9billion per annum and all pharmacy ordering being processed through electronic ordering systems (approx. £350m per annum). This equates to over 90% of all NHS procurement being electronically tracked through these two control systems. Residual legacy systems for the remaining spend are constantly under review to develop a migration to the electronic routes.

For example, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are currently working with NHS National Procurement to develop a potential ‘single instance’ ordering system which would improve the throughput of re-ordering.