Date lodged: 17 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how it allocated the £2 billion that it received from the UK Government to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 9 May 2019
It is essential that the UK Government delivers the £2 billion funding commitment in full, and it is concerning that the commitment has already been reduced by £55 million on a recurring basis. In addition the UK Government has not provided clarity on funding beyond 2019-20, leaving open the possibility of further reductions in the funding commitment.
The Health and Social Care Medium Term Financial Framework confirms that health resource consequentials will continue to be passed on in full. The Framework sets out a proposal that would take total spending across health and care to £18.8 billion by 2023-24, and provides detail on how this funding will be used to deliver better services, better care and better value.