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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16158: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that, based on the NHS Resource Allocation Committee (NRAC) formula, NHS Lothian is predicting a £31 million shortfall in funding; what contingency measures the board is considering to meet this, and whether ministers plan to review the NRAC formula.

Answered by: Shona Robison 10 May 2018

NHS Lothian have clarified in a press release that they are not predicting a £31 million shortfall in funding. As with all NHS Boards, we are continuing to work with NHS Lothian to ensure public money is being used effectively to deliver better services, better care and better value. We expect NHS Lothian to continue to reform their elective services to improve waiting times and outcomes for patients.

The National Access Collaborative is supporting NHS Boards in that respect and, in 2018-19, NHS Lothian will also receive a share of £175 million to support reform, along with a resource budget uplift of 2.1% (£28.9 million) – the highest percentage uplift of any Territorial Board. This uplift includes a £8.6 million share of additional NRAC parity funding and takes the Board’s annual resource budget to £1,384 million and within 0.8% of NRAC parity.

The NRAC formula remains the most objective way to ensure funding equity and is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.