Audit Scotland’s report today has been seized upon by our Nomedia to continue their proxy war against the SNP Government. See below for their all-too-predictable ‘perspective’. It is all a matter of perspective. From my perspective here’s the first part of the bigger story. Look at the above graph from the report.
In the 11-year period since the SNP came to power, there has been a staggering 34.9% increase in demand for inpatient appointments and, in only one year since 2017, there has been a proportionally even greater increase of 11.9%. All of this has taken place against a background of general funding cuts to the Scottish government’s budget. See this statement for just the year ahead:
The UK Government’s budget does not represent a good deal for Scotland, as a consequence of a real terms cut to Scotland’s revenue block grant of over £200m next year.
Commenting on today’s UK Government budget Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said that Scotland is being “short changed”.
Despite a commitment of over £300m resource funding for the NHS in England this year, Scotland will receive only £8m in consequentials in 2018-19 due to UK cuts elsewhere.
Of the additional money the UK Government announced as being added to Scotland’s budget, over half of it – £1.1bn – are financial transactions which the Scottish Government cannot spend on frontline public services, and which have to be repaid to the Treasury.
The performance of SNHS has fallen since 2016/17 by in most cases, very small and in nearly every case, by single, figures, against this background of a double-figure increase for inpatient services and of sustained Tory cuts.
Bear in mind, NHS England has largely given up the ghost on meeting targets.
Headline reporting by BBC Scotland has been predictably selective:
While the report by BBC Scotland does mention increased demand, this is done with little prominence.