Date lodged: 10 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-03993 by Shona Robison on 4 November 2016, if the information regarding how much income NHS boards receive in relation to private patients being treated in their facilities is not available centrally, how it can make an accurate assessment of each board's financial state.
Answered by: Shona Robison 23 November 2016
The Scottish Government assesses Health Boards’ financial positions through formal Annual and Mid-Year Reviews, and through review of financial plans including annual Local Delivery Plans. Health Boards also provide monthly financial returns to Scottish Government, which include income and expenditure projections. Furthermore, there is regular ongoing engagement between officials and Health Board managers as appropriate.