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The Public Services Reform (Functions of the Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service) (Scotland) Order 2013

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Amendment of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

4.  In section 15 (supply of goods and services to local authorities, etc.), after subsection (2) insert—

(2A) Without prejudice to subsection (1), the Agency may—

(a)purchase and store and, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed, supply to the Scottish Ministers any equipment, goods or materials of any kind (whether or not of a kind used in the health service);

(b)purchase and store and, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed, supply to government departments, local authorities and such public bodies or classes of public bodies as may be determined by the Scottish Ministers, any equipment, goods or materials of a kind not used in the health service;

(c)provide the Scottish Ministers, government departments and such public bodies or classes of public bodies as may be determined by the Scottish Ministers, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed, with any administrative, professional or other services of persons employed by, or having contracts with, the Agency;

(d)permit government departments and such public bodies or classes of public bodies as may be determined by the Scottish Ministers, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed, to use premises occupied for the purposes of the health service;

(e)permit government departments and such public bodies or classes of public bodies as may be determined by the Scottish Ministers, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed, to use any vehicle, plant or apparatus belonging to the Agency;

(f)carry out, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed, maintenance work in connection with land or buildings for the maintenance of which the Scottish Ministers, a government department or such public bodies or classes of public bodies as may be determined by the Scottish Ministers, is responsible.

(2B) Without prejudice to the generality of subsections (1)(c) and (2A)(c), the services which may be provided under those subsections include—

(i)procuring equipment, supplies and services;

(ii)distribution of equipment, goods and materials;

(iii)providing information, advice and management services;

(iv)using computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data;

(v)legal services;

(vi)preventing, detecting and investigating fraud and other irregularities;

(vii)accounting and financial services;

(viii)human resource management;

(ix)property management (including the management of facilities of a property).

(2C) The Agency may only provide services under subsections (1)(c) and (2A)(c) with the agreement of the Scottish Ministers.

(2D) In subsection (2A)(a) and (b), the power to supply equipment, goods and materials includes a power to make arrangements with third parties for the supply by them of those things..

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