1 March 2010 | Jake Kanter
Public bodies in Wales must make procurement savings to avoid “crude service cuts”, first minister Carwyn Jones has said.
Speaking at the Welsh Public Services Summit in Cardiff last week, Jones said services – including the NHS, education and social services - were facing a period of growing financial strain, as well as an ageing population.
“If we are to avoid financial pressures turning into crude service cuts, we have to accelerate the pace of change dramatically,” Jones said.
“The potential is great. Every 1 per cent efficiency gain in Wales’ public sector procurement budget could save us up to £50 million a year, and front-line services need that money.”
The Welsh public sector is aiming to increase collaboration and improve commissioning as part of the plans to boost innovation and efficiency.
“There are no simple answers, but we have to do better,” said Jane Hutt, minister for business and budget. “Efficient services across the public sector are nearly always better services.”