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S5W-21351: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has (a) sought and (b) received from NHS boards regarding how they allocated the (i) first £51.6 million and (ii) second £50 million tranche of funding to improve waiting times, and whether it will publish information on what each board delivered and within which service as a result of this funding.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 5 March 2019

Territorial NHS Boards received additional allocations of £51.6 million in 2017-18 and £50 million in 2018-19 to specifically reduce the number of patients experiencing long waits. This funding was allocated through the NHS Resource Allocation Formula (NRAC). Details of the funding received by each NHS Boards in each year, and an indication of the specialities and services these resources are being targeted at, are set out in the following tables.

Table 1: Additional Funding provided to Territorial Health Boards during 2017-18

NHS Board

NRAC Allocation  (£m)

In year top up (£m) 1

Total Allocation (£m)

Specialties/services targeted

Ayrshire & Arran

3.711

 

3.711

General medicine, medical imaging, ophthalmology

Borders

1.052

 

1.052

Orthopaedics, general surgery, dermatology

Dumfries & Galloway

1.493

 

1.493

Orthopaedics, general surgery, urology

Fife

3.402

 

3.402

Orthopaedics, neurology, radiology

Forth Valley

2.705

 

2.705

Orthopaedics, general surgery, respiratory

Grampian

4.924

 

4.924

Ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

11.200

1.300

12.500

Ophthalmology, orthopaedics, ENT

Highland

3.221

 

3.221

Orthopaedics, ophthalmology, gynaecology

Lanarkshire

6.177

0.323

6.500

Orthopaedics, ophthalmology, general surgery

Lothian

7.378

 

7.378

Orthopaedics, ophthalmology, dermatology

Orkney

0.240

 

0.240

Orthopaedics, ophthalmology, dermatology

Shetland

0.244

 

0.244

Oral surgery, ophthalmology, gynaecology

Tayside

3.923

 

3.923

General surgery. ophthalmology, orthopaedics

Western Isles

0.330

 

0.330

General Surgery, orthopaedics

Total

50.000

1.623

51.623

 

Note 1: additional allocation provided to two Health Boards.

Table 2: Additional Funding provided to Territorial Health Boards during 2018-19

NHS Board

NRAC Allocation (£m)

Specialities/services Targeted

Ayrshire & Arran

3.711

General Surgery, Cardiology

Borders

1.052

General Surgery, Trauma & Orthopaedics

Dumfries & Galloway

1.493

Ophthalmology, Trauma & Orthopaedics, General Surgery

Fife

3.402

Cardiology, General Surgery, ENT

Forth Valley

2.705

Urology, General Surgery, Gastroenterology

Grampian

4.924

Gynaecology, Neurology, Cardiology

Greater Glasgow and Clyde   

11.200

General Surgery, Urology, ENT

Highland

3.221

Trauma & Orthopaedics, Surgical

Lanarkshire

6.177

Dermatology, Neurology, Cardiology

Lothian

7.378

Urology, ENT Dermatology

Orkney

0.240

General Surgery, Gynaecology

Shetland

0.244

Endoscopy

Tayside

3.923

General Surgery, Cardiology

Western Isles

0.330

General Surgery, Trauma & Orthopaedics

Total

50.000

 

I know that many people are waiting too long for appointments and treatment which is why I published the £850 million Waiting Times Improvement Plan in October 2018. The Plan sets out a range of actions to ensure future delivery of waiting time standards and guarantee for patients across Scotland by the Spring of 2021.