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S5W-11552: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much NHS Highland has paid other NHS boards in the UK in each of the last three years, broken down by the (a) board paid and (b) treatment category.

Answered by: Shona Robison 2 November 2017

It is not unusual for patients to move to other health boards for specialist treatment. Some specialist services, such as plastic surgery and neurosurgery, are provided on a regional basis. NHS Highland has service level agreements with other NHSScotland Boards in the central belt and Aberdeen for tertiary services such as specialist paediatrics and transplant surgery.

NHS Highland paid other NHSScotland Boards £100.9m in 2016-17; £98.4m in 2015-16; and £92.5m in 2014-15. The breakdown by Board is provided in the following table.

NHS Highland made payments to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in excess of £68 million in 2016-17. This primarily related to Acute Services in the Argyll and Bute area provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde under a service level agreement with NHS Highland.

The Scottish Government does not hold data on treatment category.

NHSScotland Board

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

£'000

£'000

£'000

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

311

329

300

NHS Borders

73

59

36

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

35

28

32

NHS Fife

252

242

237

NHS Forth Valley

151

135

163

NHS Grampian

6,969

7,319

6,522

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

68,030

65,987

61,998

NHS Lanarkshire

183

197

164

NHS Lothian

4,687

5,103

5,609

NHS Orkney

40

31

44

NHS Shetland

43

20

24

NHS Tayside

3,830

2,965

2,405

NHS Western Isles

58

69

59

NHS National Services Scotland

13,605

13,485

12,736

NHS Scottish Ambulance Service

421

406

356

NHS Education for Scotland

14

13

21

The State Hospitals Board for Scotland

0

0

1

NHS 24

0

0

0

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

0

0

0

NHS Health Scotland

0

0

1

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

0

1

1

NHS National Waiting Times Centre Board

2,189

2,018

1,831

Total

100,891

98,407

92,540

Health bodies outside Scotland (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

599

936

933