Minister refuses to admit harm to patients caused by underfunding of NHS Grampian


Despite a grilling from Mike Rumbles MSP in the Scottish Parliament today, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health has refused to acknowledge that 10 years of underfunding for NHS Grampian has contributed to the local health board’s failure to treat hundreds of patients with chronic pain disorders.   

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ISD Scotland figures, this week, show that 542 patients in need of chronic pain treatment in NHS Grampian missed the 18 week treatment target, between October and December 2017. The appalling figures are the latest in a series of disappointing landmarks that point to NHS Grampian being the worst performing health board in Scotland.

 

The North East Liberal Democrat MSP said: “The shocking figures on delayed treatment for chronic pain disorders in NHS Grampian are a direct result of Scottish Government underfunding.

 

“Hundreds of people are suffering, waiting for treatment, while NHS Grampian continues to be the worst funded health board in Scotland. A total shortfall of £165.6 million since 2008.

 

“Whether the issue is mental health support, A&E and cancer waiting times or cancelled operations, every week new figures are released that show that NHS Grampian is among the worst performing health boards in Scotland.

 

“It is past time that the Minister stopped to think about the damage the funding disparity is causing to people’s lives. She must now turn her attention to reimbursing the funding shortfall in our local health services as a matter of urgency.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Full details of the chronic pain waiting times can be foundhere.
  • Portfolio Question S5O-01895 - Health & Sport - (06/03/2018): To ask the Scottish Government, in light of information provided by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre suggesting that NHS Grampian has been underfunded by £165.6 million since 2008, whether it plans to provide additional funding to meet this shortfall.
  • Supplementary: The Minister will be aware of the shocking report published by Information Services yesterday, highlighting that over a quarter of patients who suffer from chronic pain disorders have been forced to wait longer than 18 weeks for treatment. Once again NHS Grampian has the worst results for Scotland with 542 people waiting desperately as the deadline for treatment has come and gone. Does the Minister now agree with me that 10 years of underfunding has left NHS Grampian unable to deliver the same level of service that is received by patients in the rest of Scotland?
  • 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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