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