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S5W-20378: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the cost of merit awards to consultants has been in each year since 2015, including 2018 to date, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 12 December 2018

In Scotland, Merit Awards are known as Distinction Awards for NHS Consultants. The Distinction Award Scheme has been frozen since 2010.

The following table details the annual costs over the last 3 financial years. The 2018 figures are not yet available.

Cost of Distinction Awards

 

Health Board

2015-16

£

2016-17

£

2017-18

£

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

315,990

315,990

315,990

NHS Borders

41,991

36,114

36,114

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

36,114

72,227

56,429

NHS Fife

407,116

488,798

359,722

NHS Forth Valley

234,734

207,649

147,310

NHS Grampian

1,510,980

1,104,059

876,937

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

4,782,257

4,506,304

3,931,449

NHS Highland

200,550

144,455

160,137

NHS Lanarkshire

216,682

216,682

175,151

NHS Lothian

4,108,497

3,914,892

3,642,341

NHS Orkney

0

0

0

NHS Shetland

0

0

0

NHS Tayside

2,029,544

1,608,638

1,461,972

NHS Western Isles

0

0

0

NHS National Services Scotland

240,151

240,151

210,056

NHS Education for Scotland

193,199

205,838

205,838

The State Hospital

36,114

36,114

36,114

Scottish Ambulance Service

0

0

0

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

0

0

0

NHS Health Scotland

121,868

121,868

121,868

NHS 24

0

 

0

NHS National Waiting Times Centre Board

180,568

180,568

180,568

Total

14,656,355

13,400,347

11,917,996

Note: The figures include a contribution of 13% towards on-costs.