No change for NHS Grampian funding, despite abysmal cancer record


In a session of First Minister’s Questions today, North East MSP Mike Rumbles called on the Scottish Government to correct 9 years of underfunding, after figures this week show that NHS Grampian has the worst cancer waiting times in Scotland.

Only 76% of patients in NHS Grampian urgently referred for cancer treatment are seen within the 62 day deadline, according to the latest ISD (Information Services Division) figures for January to March 2018. The Scottish Government’s target for treatment before the deadline is currently 95%.

 

Mr Rumbles said: “The Scottish Government’s record on cancer waiting times is appalling and performance in NHS Grampian is once again at the very bottom of the table.

 

“Our excellent local healthcare staff are under immense pressure but, for many patients, delay of just few weeks could mean the difference between life and death.  

 

“The First Minister knows that NHS Grampian has lost out on £165 million under her own funding formula, over the past nine years. She must take action now to ensure that NHS Grampian has the resources that are available to other health boards to tackle this crisis in cancer care, in the North East.”

 

ENDS

 

 

   

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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