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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19753: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will directly fund the Golden Jubilee hospital to provide waiting time operations for each NHS board relative to population size, without having to route the money through individual boards.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 10 December 2018

As the Golden Jubilee National Hospital provides services on a national basis, it is not appropriate for the NHS Resource Allocation Formula (NRAC) to be applied to determine their funding.

The Golden Jubilee Hospital provides a number of services on a regional or a national basis, which are funded through the allocation by the Scottish Government on the basis of activity level and, where relevant, contributions are deducted from other Boards as appropriate. Where there are services that are invoiced directly to other health boards, this is on the basis of activities undertaken.

The NRAC formula is used to allocate funding to NHS Territorial Boards and recognises relative needs across Board areas by taking into account a number of geographical factors including population level, relative deprivation and the need for healthcare in different Board areas. In 2018-19 the Scottish Government is supporting frontline NHS Boards with increased funding of £354.5 (3.7%) million, including an increase of £175 million for investment in reform. As part of this, the Golden Jubilee Hospital’s resource budget has increased by £0.5 million to £54 million in 2018-19.