‘New health secretary has abandoned our health services in the North East’ – Rumbles


NHS Grampian is the worst performing health board in a number of key areas and is the worst funded health board in Scotland. The new Cabinet Secretary for Health, however, told North East MSP Mike Rumbles in a session of questions and answers in the Scottish Parliament today, that the Scottish Government has no plans to reimburse the local board for a decade of underfunding.

According to the latest figures for health services across Scotland, provided by the Information Services Division (ISD Scotland), NHS Grampian has:

  • consistently the worst for 18 week referral to treatment times (averaging around 68%)
  • the worst waiting times for Chronic Pain Disorders (with only 45% of patients treated within the 18 week deadline)
  • the worst waiting times for Cancer treatment (with only 76% of patients treated within the 62 day deadline)
  • the third worst treatment times for CAMHS (with only 48% of patients treated within the 18 week deadline)
  • higher than average planned operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons.

 

Moreover:

  • staff numbers have dropped in almost every field (including a decline of 50 ‘medical’ staff over the past two years)
  • and, there are 448 vacant hospital positions, tripling since 2012.

 

The Cabinet Secretary claimed that there was no link between the performance of health services in the region and NHS Grampian being the worst funded health board in Scotland. Despite a total short fall of £165.6 million since 2009.

 

Mr Rumbles said: “The Scottish Government has abandoned our health services in the North East and abandoned its duty to provide a universal and equal level healthcare to every patient no matter where they live.

 

“The new health secretary had an opportunity today to put forward a positive plan of action and investment to get NHS Grampian back on track. Instead she chose to rehash old excuses and claim that the crisis in our struggling local health services has nothing to do with funding and resources.

 

“I’m sorry to say that there appears to be no hope for the patients and hardworking staff of NHS Grampian while the SNP are in power.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • The full list of ISD Scotland statistics can be found at: http://www.isdscotland.org/Publications/index.asp
  • The following table shows NHS Grampian's allocation since 2009/10 alongside the target allocation and the difference between the two, which shows NHS Grampian has received a total underfund of 165.6 million since 2009:

 

 

NHS Grampian allocations, m

 

 

 

 

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Allocation

660.7

678.5

691.1

711.7

743.8

773.3

827.3

882.3

902.5

Target

685.2

705.2

 725.6

745.4

776.6

808.0

844.3

897.4

914.4

Distance from parity

-24.5

-26.7

-34.5

-33.7

-0.6

-12.0

-6.6

-15.1

-11.9

 

 


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