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Being part of UK has provided £1.3bn extra for NHS

13 Aug 2014

Scotland’s NHS has received £1.3 billion in additional funding through Barnett consequentials since 2011, figures have revealed.

In contrast to Yes campaign threats, the statistics have revealed massive investment in the health service by the UK Government over the past five years.

It means by the end of this parliamentary term in 2015/16, hospitals and other NHS facilities in Scotland will have benefited from an extra £1.308 billion.

The Scottish Conservatives have said the investment shows the SNP’s latest tactic of saying the NHS would be threatened by a No vote in September is nothing but scaremongering.

And despite receiving funding worth hundreds of millions of pounds every year, the Scottish Government has still managed to preside over a fully devolved NHS in Scotland with a number of problems.

Waiting times have slipped badly, while hospitals are battling huge problems in relation to delayed discharges and staffing levels have plummeted, resulting in tens of millions being needlessly spent on expensive agency and bank nurses.

The data was released following a Parliamentary Question by Scottish Conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw.

Scottish Conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw MSP said:

“This puts to bed the shameless messaging the SNP has been running on the NHS.

“It’s nothing but desperate scaremongering from Alex Salmond, who will do and say anything to achieve independence.

“The NHS is completely devolved in Scotland and for the SNP to suggest otherwise is a sly attempt to con voters.

“Hundreds of millions in additional cash has come from Westminster straight into Scotland’s NHS – and the Scottish Government’s own figures show this.

“But even with this substantial extra investment, the SNP is still presiding over an NHS that is beset by a range of problems on staffing and new infrastructure.

“The fact that £1.3 billion of extra investment has been made through Barnett consequentials proves the UK Government’s commitment to the NHS in Scotland.

“That makes for a far better future than the sketchy one – based on very ropey finances – the Yes campaign proposes.”

 

 

 

 

Below is a copy of the Parliamentary Question by Jackson Carlaw, and the subsequent response:
 
Question S4W-19231: Jackson Carlaw, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/01/2014
To ask the Scottish Government how much funding the NHS has received arising from Barnett consequentials and what the increase in NHS spending over and above this has been, in each year since 2007.
Answered by Alex Neil (29/01/2014):
Since 2011-12, the Scottish Government has passed on in full the Barnett consequentials to the Health Budget in Scotland which by 2015-16 will exceed £1.3 billion in total. These have arisen from the Department of Health’s funding settlement from both the 2010 UK Comprehensive Spending Review and the 2013 UK Spending Round and are detailed in the following table:
Resource
£billion
2011-12
0.280
2012-13
0.249
2013-14
0.293
2014-15
0.284
2015-16
0.202
Total
1.308
Prior to 2011-12, Barnett consequentials accrued to the Scottish block as a whole and therefore the benefit to the health budget cannot be individually identified. However the following table details health’s resource budget from 2007-08 and clearly demonstrates the significant additional investment which has been made since 2007-08:
Resource Budget
Increase
£b
£b
2007-08
9.716
2008-09
10.122
0.406
2009-10
10.442
0.320
2010-11
10.501
0.059
2011-12
10.781
0.280
2012-13
11.030
0.249
2013-14
11.322
0.292
2014-15
11.606
0.285
2015-16
11.808
0.202
Total
2.092
Note: care should be taken when making year-on-year comparisons as figures are subject to change through policy and accounting treatments adjustments e.g. in 2010-11 HM Treasury withdrew £125 million from the Scottish health budget (the associated expenditure was also removed to ensure a neutral effect) due to accounting treatment changes in relation to the cost of capital.