SNP leaves North-east Scotland worse off after a decade of NHS funding reforms : Express

THE SNP has been accused of betraying north-east Scotland after a decade of NHS funding reforms actually left the region worse off.

Nicola Sturgeon

Under the old Arbuthnott formula, which was used to determine health board budgets from 2001 to 2008, several parts of Scotland were perceived to be shortchanged.

Many critics felt the system gave too much money to Labour’s former heartlands in the west of Scotland at the expense of places such as Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

It was scrapped in 2008 by then Holyrood health secretary and replaced with the Resource Allocation formula.Dugdale explodes at Sturgeon over ‘brutal’ NHS ‘mismanagement’

Both are needs-based and use factors such as population, remoteness, age profile and deprivation to determine each health board’s share of the NHS budget.

However, the latest figures show that Grampian will actually receive a smaller share this year than it did under Arbuthnott a decade ago.

In 2007/08, the health board had a “budget index” of 0.90 compared to a national average of 1.0. In other words, Grampian received 90p per head compared to a national average of £1.

According to the latest NHS figures for 2017/18, the health board has a budget index of 0.89, or 89p per head compared to a national average of £1.

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