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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08802: Richard Leonard (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason NHS Lanarkshire (a) planned to achieve £43million of recurring savings in its 2016-17 budget and (b) is forecasting a financial deficit in each year of the next two years.

Answered by: Shona Robison 15 May 2017

In order to deliver its services within the level of investment being made, NHS Lanarkshire and all NHS boards are required to deliver both reform of services and savings. The savings generated are reinvested in frontline care within the boards.

NHS Lanarkshire has received baseline resource funding of £1,107.0 million in 2016-17 and an uplift of £22.6 million (2%) to £1,129.6 million in 2017-18.

At its most recent board meeting on 29 March, NHS Lanarkshire reported that efficiency savings in 2016-17 were ahead of the trajectory set out in the board’s Local Delivery Plan. NHS Lanarkshire also confirmed its commitment to continue to deliver a balanced financial position.