Cabinet Secretary for Health washes hands of struggling NHS Grampian


Despite a scathing rebuke from North East MSP Mike Rumbles, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health has refused to admit the problems facing NHS Grampian are due to a historic decade of underfunding.

In a question and answer session in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, Mr Rumbles asked if the Cabinet Secretary was satisfied with the state of NHS Grampian. Citing £165.6 million of underfunding since 2009, the largest drop in planned operations in Scotland, a 17% drop on the previous year, and dozens of patients waiting more than 8 and 12 hours to be seen in A&E.

 

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 attitude toward NHS Grampian is appalling. Not once has she taken responsibility for the difficulties facing our local health services in the North East and she pointedly refuses to admit that historic underfunding has pushed NHS Grampian to the brink.

 

“Week after week we see figures that show NHS Grampian is struggling to meet targets and has declining performance. It is no coincidence that our local health board is the worst funded NHS in Scotland and that it is always pushed to the back of the queue for investment.

 

“There is no more room for denial. Patients and hardworking staff in NHS Grampian need to hear that the Scottish Government is working to close the funding gap and provide the resources needed.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Mike Rumbles General Question 07/12/17: To ask the Scottish Government, what action it is taking to correct the £165.6 million discrepancy in NHS Grampian's funding, which the Scottish Parliament Information Centre has suggested has arisen because the board's NRAC funding targets have not been met since 2009.
  • Supplementary: Is the Minister satisfied, following the worst week of winter, NHS Grampian is one of only two local health boards where the number of patients waiting over 8 and 12 hours in A&E has increased, and does she understand that this underfunding has directly contributed to NHS Grampian struggling to cope?
  • Figures provided by SPICe (08/11/17):

Grampian funding per head of population, as a percentage of the national average:

 

 

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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