Speaking in the Chamber today, North East MSP Mike Rumbles criticised the Scottish Government’s Health Minister for allowing the underfunding of NHS Grampian to continue.
The Liberal Democrat MSP told the Minister that poor funding from the Scottish Government was responsible for the recent decline in the service. There were 3,471 fewer planned operations than last year (the largest drop in Scotland of 17%), the second worst waiting times in Scotland, hundreds of operations were cancelled for non-clinical reasons and specialist services to treat veterans were now closing down because of a lack of funding from the Board.
NHS Grampian only receives 90% of the funding of the average Health Board. The lowest in the country.
Mr Rumbles said: “I do not understand why the Cabinet Secretary cannot see what everyone else can see that our local health services are at breaking point and it is because there simply aren’t enough resources to go around.
“The Scottish Government has made it quite clear today that proper funding for North East services is not a priority. However, unless the health funding gap is closed very soon, we will no longer have a ‘universal’ health service but one with significant black holes.
“There are already far too many patients being turned away, while staff and resources are stretched to the limit.”
Notes for editors:
- Analysis by The Times revealed the number of operations across Scotland this year fell 7% compared to 2016, with 12 of 14 Health Boards reporting a decrease. NHS Grampian performed 17% (3,741) fewer operations, the largest decrease of any health board.
- Budgetary figures. Full stats available at: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Finance/Resource-Allocation-Formula/resource-allocation-latest.asp
- The ISD statistics can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/index.asp#1886