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S5W-06854: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the reported £333.1 million financial efficiency challenge between 2017-18 and 2022-23 that has been identified by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Answered by: Shona Robison 3 March 2017

The Scottish Government will work with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, along with all NHS Boards, to deliver both investment and reform to ensure that the health service is equipped to meet the challenges ahead. Our Health and Social Care Delivery Plan sets out a range of actions to ensure that our services are sustainable, and this is backed up by our commitment to increase the NHS revenue budget by almost £2 billion by the end of this parliament. As our first step towards this, revenue spending will increase to £12.7 billion in 2017-18 with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde receiving an uplift of £31.1 million as part of this.

In 2017-18 we are investing £128 million in Territorial Boards in supporting delivery of service reform. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will benefit from this investment, which clearly demonstrates our commitment to protecting frontline services and supporting reform. All Boards are required to deliver efficiency savings, which are reinvested in frontline services, and we will be reviewing these savings plans as part of the Local Delivery Plan (LDP) process.

We will continue to work with all Boards as they develop financial plans for 2017-18 and beyond, working to ensure that public money delivers value for the benefit of patients, with a focus on the triple aim of better health, better care and better value.