Date lodged: 12 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £850 million of funding for improving waiting times has been spent in the private sector, broken down by NHS board area.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 20 March 2019
To date no funding has been directly invested in the private sector. However, we have provided almost £26.7 million to territorial NHS Boards and the Golden Jubilee National Hospital during 2018-19 to support a range of actions and to put in place additional capacity aimed at reducing waiting lists. NHS Boards will utilise some of this funding to secure capacity through the private sector while we build sustainable solutions over the next two years.
Over the next 12 months we will pursue use of the independent sector in a structured and prioritised manner developing a National Contract, based on clinical priorities and as set out in the Waiting Times Improvement Plan I published in October 2018. Further investment will be allocated in 2019-20 to support the national contract.