Scottish Government continued underfunding of NHS Grampian is shameful


North East MSP Mike Rumbles has, today, uncovered figures that show that NHS Grampian is still the worst funded Health Board in Scotland, despite claims by the Scottish Government that its recent uplift would put funding back on track.

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Previous figures, revealed by Mr Rumbles with the help of the Parliament’s independent research team (SPICe), show that NHS Grampian has been underfunded by a total of £165.6 million since 2009-10. That shortfall comes on top of a 10 percent cut, per head of population, through the Scottish Government’s own NRAC formula, for every year in the same period.

 

A recent uplift of £18.5 million or 2.1 percent of funds is obviously helpful but NHS Grampian will still remain the worst funded Health Board in Scotland, per head of population.

 

Mr Rumbles said: “A decade of disproportionate cuts to NHS Grampian has set our local health care services back years. The figures released today show only that the Scottish Government has no intention of making up that lost investment.

 

“Persistent underfunding, on top of an unfair spending formula implemented by the Scottish Government, is equivalent to 600 fewer full-time nurses for each of the past ten years. That has put a huge amount of pressure on our local staff and resources.

 

“I welcome the increase in funding, published today, but what we need is a dedicated programme of investment to bring NHS Grampian up to par with other health boards across Scotland.”

 

ENDS    

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Details of Boards’ revenue resource and capital allocations for 2018-19 are as follows: Revenue Resource:

 

NHS Frontline Boards

Total Uplift

Total Uplift

Total 2018-19 Allocation

£m

%

£m

Ayrshire and Arran

11.6

1.7%

694.9

Borders

3.0

1.5%

200.6

Dumfries and Galloway

4.3

1.5%

289.1

Fife

12.1

1.9%

636.6

Forth Valley

10.3

2.1%

506.8

Grampian

18.5

2.1%

920.6

Greater Glasgow & Clyde

31.8

1.5%

2,154.5

Highland

12.0

2.0%

604.3

Lanarkshire

20.7

1.8%

1,156.1

Lothian

29.0

2.1%

1,384.3

Orkney

0.7

1.5%

47.7

Shetland

0.7

1.5%

48.7

Tayside

13.7

1.9%

734.8

Western Isles

1.1

1.5%

73.0

National Waiting Times Centre

0.5

1.0%

54.0

Scottish Ambulance Service

8.6

3.7%

237.9

The State Hospital

0.3

1.0%

34.8

NHS 24

0.7

1.0%

66.3

 

 

 

 

Total Frontline NHS Boards

179.5

1.9%

9,845.0

 

 

 

 

Investment in reform

175.0

1.8%

 

 

 

 

 

Total additional funding for Frontline NHS Boards

354.5

3.7%

 

 

  • 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 (SPICe):

 

   

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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