Supplementary Note from HM Treasury
The Government undertook in its response to Recommendation
(i) of the Treasury Committee's report on the Office of Government
Commerce (HC 851, 2001-02) to advise the Committee of the outcome
of discussions with the NHS.
Following discussions between the OGC and the Department
of Health about NHS procurement, the Department of Health have
invited Brian Rigby, Deputy Chief Executive of the OGC, to lead
a departmental six-month review of how the commercial activities
of the Department of Health are structured.
The objective of the review is:
"To recommend the most effective organisation
and resourcing of the commercial activities of the Department
of Health and its agencies, including support to the NHS, to ensure
efficient and effective delivery of NHS Plan targets."
The Department of Health are keen to ensure that
their acquisition activities are conducted in the most effective
way to support their medium term strategy. The review will examine
whether an overarching commercial director function would provide
the necessary focus and what suitable terms of reference might