Cabinet Secretary for Health refuses to admit failure to improve NHS Grampian


The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health refused to acknowledge that the SNP have failed to get to grips with problems facing NHS Grampian, following a scathing rebuke from North East MSP Mike Rumbles.

In a session of General Questions in the Scottish Parliament this morning, Mr Rumbles asked if the Cabinet Secretary was satisfied with the state of NHS Grampian. Citing £165.6 million of underfunding since 2009, 3,471 fewer planned operations on the previous year (the largest drop in Scotland of 17%), the second worst waiting times in Scotland, hundreds of operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons and specialist services to treat veterans withdrawn because of a lack of funding.

 

The Cabinet Secretary refused to admit, however, that NHS Grampian is struggling to provide an adequate level of service for patients, despite the fact that under the current funding formula the local health service receives even less than the 90% of the Scottish average per head of population that it is entitled to under the NRAC formulas (NHSScotland Resource Allocation Committee).

 

Mr Rumbles said: “The Cabinet Secretary’s contempt for our local NHS beggars belief. Not only does this blundering Scottish Government refuse to adequately fund NHS Grampian, it even refuses to admit the real problems that affect our struggling health services in the North East.

 

“Every patient and hardworking NHS staff member in the North East will know how much pressure our local health services are under. Indeed it seems that everyone I speak to about this matter has a better understanding of the situation than the current Cabinet Secretary for Health.

 

“It is time to stop the denials and for the Scottish Government to take responsibility and make a serious commitment to resolving these issues in NHS Grampian.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Mike Rumbles General Question 07/12/17: To ask the Scottish Government what the impact has been on NHS Grampian's patient service record of the figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, which suggest that the board's NRAC funding targets have not been met since 2009, leading to a £165.6 million discrepancy.
  • Supplementary: Is the Cabinet Secretary aware that in the past year in NHS Grampian there have been 3,471 fewer planned operations than in the previous year (the largest drop in Scotland of 17%), with the second worst waiting times in Scotland, hundreds of operations have been cancelled for non-clinical reasons and specialist services to treat veterans have now been withdrawn because of a lack of funding from the Board and is she also aware that the NRAC formula only aims to give NHS Grampian 90% of the funding of the average Health Board, per head of population? The lowest in the country? Is she satisfied with this state of affairs?
    • Grampian funding per head of population, as a percentage of the national average:
  • Figures provided by SPICe (08/11/17):

 

 

Grampian allocation per capita ()

Scottish allocation per capita ()

Grampian per capita allocation as a % Scottish average

2009-10

1,181.49

1385.33

85%

2010-11

1,201.24

1413.36

85%

2011-12

1,213.33

1425.93

85%

2012-13

1,241.19

1456.55

85%

2013-14

1,284.19

1506.02

85%

2014-15

1,323.65

1546.88

86%

2015-16

1,407.40

1592.95

88%

2016-17

1,500.26

1671.25

90%

 

*Calculated using NRS mid-year population estimates

 

  • 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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