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McInnes demands explanation over NHS funding claims

February 25, 2015 10:50 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have demanded an explanation from SNP ministers over claims on NHS funding after figures revealed that health boards across Scotland are still being short changed.

On the 11th January this year, the Scottish Government issued a statement which said that an additional tranche of funding would "bring all health boards to within one per cent of parity under the NHS funding formula, NRAC, a year earlier than planned."

However figures published today and analysed by SPICe showed that NHS Grampian and NHS Shetland are still two percent below parity. Six other health boards have not been brought within one per cent of parity under the funding formula. These are Fife, Forth Valley, Highland, Lanarkshire, Lothian and Orkney.

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East, Alison McInnes, said:

"Last month the Scottish Government said that all health boards would brought be within 1 percent of parity of their funding formula. They even boasted they were hitting their target a year early.

"Just weeks later we learn that more than half of health boards are still being short-changed. Health boards would have already been planning how to spend the additional money on A&E units, beds and staff. Instead of being given a boost, NHS Grampian is once again being short-changed - this time to the tune of £17m. It cannot be any coincidence that the boards which are consistently being short changed have poorer waiting times performance because the SNP has taken its eye off the ball.

"Patients and NHS staff deserve a full explanation why the SNP aren't delivering what was promised to them only a month ago."