Date lodged: 6 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comments from Audit Scotland that NHS boards’ approach to financial planning is "partly driven by one-year funding allocations from the Scottish Government [that] makes it difficult for boards to plan and invest in longer-term policy aims, such as developing more community-based services and treating people in homely settings".
Answered by: Shona Robison 16 November 2017
As part of the approach to finance and performance, NHS Boards prepare plans over a medium term timescale and submit this information to the Scottish Government as part of their Local Delivery Plans.
The Budget Process Review Group was established by the Finance and Constitution Committee and the Scottish Government to carry out a fundamental review of the Scottish Parliament’s budget process. The Group published its Final Report on 30 June 2017, which included comment on spending reviews and multi-year budgets.
The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution has responded to this Report.