Date lodged: 4 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to ensure that the NHS procurement process is robust and that those who place orders have no financial or other connection with the suppliers.
Answered by: Shona Robison 1 November 2016
The NHS procurement process complies with the Scottish Government Procurement Journey. This is public sector wide guidance which provides all contracting authorities with information on how to procure, including appropriate steps to ensure separation of duty.
We require Boards to have SFIs, updated annually and these must include a section on declarations of interest.