Rumbles challenges Minister on £165 million underfunding of NHS Grampian


The Scottish Government has failed to meet its own funding targets for NHS Grampian every year since at least 2009, short-changing the local Health Board to the tune of £165.6 million over the same period, Mike Rumbles MSP has revealed today (Thurs 9th). 

In a session of General Questions in the Scottish Parliament the North East MSP lambasted the Minister for failing to meet the Scottish Government’s own commitments, despite funding targets for NHS Grampian already well below the national average. Year on year targets for funding local health services in Grampian reach only 85-90% of the national average per head of population, one of the lowest targets set for any NHS board in Scotland.      

 

Mr Rumbles said: “This is a very serious matter. The Scottish Government’s utter failure to meet its own funding targets for local health services has set NHS Grampian back by decades.

 

“This year alone we have seen a sharp drop in the number of planned operations being carried out in the region, over 3700 fewer than last year. As well as abysmal waiting times, specialist veterans services being cut and hundreds of operations cancelled due to a lack of available resources.

 

“It is the hard working staff and ultimately the patients that have been made to suffer because the Scottish Government have set their funding priorities elsewhere and the Minister knows this. That is simply not good enough and it has to stop now.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Mike Rumbles MSP’s General Questions to Shona Robison (09/11/17): Is the Cabinet Secretary aware that according to SPICE, that over the last 10 years Grampian Health Board has been underfunded from the Scottish Government’s own target by some £165million. So, the Minister responded to me last month by saying she was giving Grampian £16million, to redress the balance. Are my constituents in the North-East supposed to be grateful to the Scottish Government for this?
  • 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:

 

   

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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