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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02512: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce NHS bureaucracy.

Answered by: Shona Robison 23 September 2016

The Scottish Government expects every public body to deliver efficiency savings of at least 3 per cent per annum. NHS Health Boards have achieved this level, and delivered efficiency savings in 2015-16 in excess of £290 million. This has been reinvested by the Health Boards in frontline services.

NHS Boards achieve efficiency savings in a wide range of areas, including those set out in NHS Scotland Efficiency and Productivity: Framework for SR10: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2011/02/11144220/12. The Framework requires savings to be made through, amongst other means, reductions in senior management, better workforce productivity, and increased use of shared services.