Date lodged: 9 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of how each NHS board is spending its share of the additional support that has been allocated since 2017 to improve waiting times; what methodology the boards use to inform ministers of how the funding is being used, and what assessment it has made of the effectiveness of each board's use of the money.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 15 November 2018
The additional funding provided to Boards since 2017 was allocated on a criteria based assessment process, that ensured that funding was directed to initiatives that specifically addressed patients waiting the longest in specialties with the longest waits. Boards have been required to meet milestones and trajectories that demonstrate they are reducing numbers of patients waiting, and these milestones are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
The effectiveness of funding will be measured against and determined on the basis of performance achieved in relation to the reduction of patients waiting and the degree to which sustainable solutions have been put in place to reduce demand capacity gaps. I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-18635 on 8 October 2018 for information on the key specialties being funded in 2018-19. All answers to written Parliamentary Questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx .