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S5W-21903: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the financial implications of the Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Payments) (Scotland) Bill and a revised discount rate for NHS compensation budgets, and whether this will be reflected in future adjustments to the NHS budget.

Answered by: Ash Denham 13 March 2019

The Financial Memorandum which accompanied the Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Payments) (Scotland) Bill set out the Scottish Government’s assessment of the financial implications of the Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Payments) (Scotland) Bill and a revised discount rate for NHS compensation budgets for clinical negligence claims -https://www.parliament.scot/S5_Bills/Damages%20(Investment%20Returns%20and%20Periodical%20Payments)%20(Scotland)%20Bill/SPBill35FMS052018.pdf.

The Discount Rate reviews in Scotland by the Government Actuary and in England and Wales by the Lord Chancellor will be carried out later this year and until they have been completed, it will not be known if they have produced different rates.

The Scottish Government expects that the UK Government will continue to cover the costs arising from the change in the discount rate to the extent that the rate in Scotland is in line with the rate in England and Wales. The Scottish Government will continue to pass this funding to the NHS in Scotland.