Joe has revealed that NHS Ayrshire and Arran are being forced to look at “3% cash” efficiencies in 2015/16, even after a recent uplift in funding from the Scottish Government.
3% equates to £19million worth of cuts in 2015/16 and the Chief Executive has advised Councillor Cullinane that, subject to future funding uplifts, they are assuming further cuts of between 2% to 3% in future years.
Ahead of next week’s budget Scottish Labour have announced that they would use this year’s Barnett consequentials to establish a £100million frontline fund to protect Scotland’s NHS.
Speaking ahead of next week’s budget Councillor Cullinane said,
“It is clear, despite SNP spin, that Scotland’s NHS faces big cuts over the next few years.”
“£19million is a huge funding gap for one year and it is very worrying that even after that further cuts are expected in future years. This is bad news for staff and patients alike.”
“You can’t point the finger at NHS Ayrshire and Arran for these cuts, the problem of funding lies at the top with the Scottish Government. Over recent years they haven’t passed on Barnett consequentials from health spending in England with the IFS stating that whilst health spending in England has increased by 4% in real terms, despite the Tories privatisation that Labour will repeal, health spending in Scotland has fallen by 1% under the SNP. Now our local health board face huge cuts over the next few years.”
“There is clearly an unrelenting pressure on our NHS and next week’s budget is a chance to support it. Scottish Labour’s plan for a £100million Frontline Fund will deliver a better deal for staff and patients by helping to relief the pressure points in the NHS.”