Date lodged: 17 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of NHS procurement is carried out (a) centrally and (b) by individual NHS boards, and what information it has on which items are procured (i) centrally and (ii) by individual NHS boards.
Answered by: Shona Robison 29 January 2018
Based on total NHS procurement expenditure of £2.4 billion for 2016-17, 59% of procurement spend was through national arrangements and 41% was procured locally by individual NHS Boards. National contracts include commodities such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and catering and vehicle purchase, lease and management. The areas principally procured through local contracts include construction, specific items of capital equipment and facilities management contracts.