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NHS: Procurement

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the terms of reference of the joint Office of Government Commerce and NHS Purchasing supply review is; when the review is expected to be complete; and if he will make a statement; (204131)

(2) what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the recent Strategic Review of Collaborative Procurement in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

The programme of Procurement Capability (PCR) Reviews was announced in HM Treasury's publication “Transforming Government Procurement” in January 2007. Copies of this publication are available in the Library.

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) was tasked with carrying out these reviews and the Department's review began on 10 March 2008.

The scope of the review is to assess:

the Department's own capability in respect of procurement; and

the leadership, systems and support it has in place to promote and develop high standards of procurement in the national health service—and in respect of social care provision.

The review will be completed with publication of a report by the OGC in November 2008.

The Strategic Review of Collaborative Procurement in the NHS is not yet complete. Consequently, no assessment has been made of the outcomes of the review at this stage although it will be taken into account in the Department's response to the PCR recommendations.