Date lodged: 4 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on NHS boards sharing procurement services; what information it has on (a) how often this occurs and (b) what savings are made, and whether it considers any savings that are made should be reinvested in clinical services.
Answered by: Shona Robison 1 November 2016
a) NHS Scotland has a mature shared service capability within National Services Scotland, via the National Procurement Organisation. This has increased the value of national/shared procurement arrangements significantly over the last 10 years with the annual value of national/shared procurement arrangements increasing from approximately £350m p.a. in 2005 to approximately £1.3bn p.a. in 2016. Additionally the National Distribution Centre provides a single logistics service for NHS Scotland with a stock holding of approx 9000 products and a throughput of approximately £150m per year.
b) Savings of £35m - £40m are secured every year from the use of national arrangements. These savings are for re-investment in frontline services.