NHS Grampian still among worst for cancelling operations


North East Liberal Democrat MSP, Mike Rumbles, has once again called on the Scottish Government to provide NHS Grampian with its fair share of resources. Statistics revealed today by the Information Services Division show NHS Grampian is still among the worst for cancelled operations due to non-clinical reasons.

Figures from IDS show NHS Grampian cancelled 105 operations in February 2019, 130 over the months of March and April 2019. The month with the fewest cancelled operations in the year between April 2018 and April 2019 was 52 in December 2018.

 

Mike Rumbles has been a long time campaigner against the underfunding of NHS Grampian. The Scottish Parliament’s research centre has calculated the underfunding to be £239.2 million, over the past ten years, using the government’s own funding formula.

 

Mike Rumbles said: “These figures relate to capacity and non-clinical reasons by the hospital for cancellations. They do not include cancellations by the patient, clinical reasons or any other reasons. I think this shows NHS Grampian would hugely benefit from its fair share of resources.

 

“Patients in the North East are being placed in the vulnerable position of longer wait times for operations. This can have a major impact on patients and their family’s physical and mental wellbeing.

 

“I am calling for the Scottish Government to think of those patients in the North East who are still waiting for surgery. Those patients deserve a health board equipped with its fair share of resources.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • Data provided by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe):

NHS Grampian allocation compared with NRAC target allocation

 

Actual allocation £m

NRAC target allocation £m

Distance from parity £m

2009-10

          660.7

          685.2

-24.5

2010-11

          678.5

          705.2

-26.7

2011-12

          691.1

          725.6

-34.5

2012-13

          711.7

          745.4

-33.7

2013-14

          743.8

          776.6

-32.8

2014-15

          773.3

          808.0

-34.7

2015-16

          827.3

          844.3

-17.0

2016-17 (a)

          847.4

          859.7

-12.3

2017-18 (a)

          853.0

          861.0

-8.0

2018-19 (a)

          871.2

          878.6

-7.4

2019-20 (a)

          908.5

          916.2

-7.7

 

(a)  allocations for 2016-17 to 2018-19 are revised to remove funding streams that are

(b)  not allocated on an NRAC basis

The total distance from parity over the whole period shown is £239.2m.


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