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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17912: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much will be paid in emergency loans to each NHS board in 2018-19.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 16 August 2018

The Scottish Government reports on the financial position for all NHS bodies on a monthly basis. The report is available on the Scottish Government’s website and reflects each NHS Board’s year-to-date position and the forecast outturn, along with an indicative brokerage requirement. The latest report is available at: https://www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Quality-Improvement-Performance/Financial-Performance

It shows that, as at the end of June 2018, the indicative level of brokerage required for 2018-19 is estimated at £67.7 million: NHS Tayside £18.7 million; NHS Ayrshire and Arran £20.0 million; NHS Highland £19.0 million; and NHS Borders
‎ £10.0 million. Brokerage at this level comprises around 0.5% of total health spending and is managed within the overall portfolio budget for the year, with the health and sport portfolio expected to deliver a breakeven position in 2018-19.

Provision of brokerage demonstrates that our overriding priority is the protection of patient care and services.