Purchasing savings fund 2014 Commonwealth Games

14 January 2011
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15 January 2011 | Lindsay Clark

Procurement savings at eHealth, the IT support services for the Scottish NHS, are helping to fund the Glasgow2014 Commonwealth Games.

Scotland's Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12, said £12.6 million of additional money for the multi-sport games “has been identified from contingency funding for Pandemic Flu together with procurement efficiencies within eHealth”.

As spokesman for the Scottish government added: "Procurement efficiencies totalling £2.6 million have been identified within eHealth, and the draft Scottish budget proposed to transfer this funding to support preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

The savings have been identified in two principal areas, the spokesman said. One is the move towards focusing on collaboration of major procurements, with health boards buying together rather than individually. This has resulted in savings on the future costs of major IT contracts such as a patient management system and GP system, purchased last year.

"Procurement and commercial teams are also involved in reviews of existing contracts with major suppliers as part of their continuing efforts to reduce ongoing costs," the government spokesman said.

Poor purchasing, with problems around tender processes, was cited as a major flaw in the chaotic run-up up to the 2010 games in India, which handed over to Scotland during the closing ceremony.

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