NHS Grampian third worst for cancelling operations


North East Liberal Democrat MSP, Mike Rumbles, has once again called for a fair share of resources be given to NHS Grampian after it was revealed today that the health board had the third most cancelled operations in the country, due to non-clinical reasons.

NHS Grampian has however moved from being the worst for cancelling operations to the third worst behind NHS Glasgow and NHS Lothian. Figures from IDS Scotland reveal 105 cancellations in February down to 65 in the month of March.

 

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

 

Mike Rumbles said: “It is no comfort to see NHS Grampian’s performance move from being the worst to third worst. I am sure that if our health board received its fair share, more could be done to help stop non-clinical cancellations.

 

“People in the North East are being repeatedly failed by the Scottish Government for allowing NHS Grampian to be underfunded. It is time for this to end.

 

“Healthcare is an investment in people and into our collective future. The Scottish Government should start planning for the long term and not looking to constantly underfund the North East.

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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