NHS Tayside 500 jobs cuts : state which jobs will go, MSP asks health board

17 May 2010

Marlyn Glen has written to NHS Tayside, asking the health board to state publicly all of the types of posts that will be lost as around 1 in every 20 NHS Tayside jobs is forecast to be shed over the next two years

Ms Glen said,

"The scale of the cuts ordered by Nicola Sturgeon means that around 1 in every 20 NHS Tayside jobs is to be shed over the next two years

" NHS Tayside have to reach a target of £4 million in ‘vacancy control management’ this year.

"I am asking NHS Tayside to state publicly all of the types of posts that will not be filled as a result of this ‘vacancy control management’.

"Will the posts held by those on maternity leave and long-term sickness remain unfilled?

"A further reduction of £1 million is to be funded though other "other workforce measures" which the health board say involve ‘skill mix and bank and agency staff’

"Will this mean that staff will be expected to fill posts below their present level of skills?

" I am asking them to demonstrate how the non-filling of these posts will lead to higher efficiency, and will not reduce front-line services, because both NHS staff and the general public remain to be convinced that this can be done.

"I intend to raise their response with Nicola Sturgeon whose Scottish Government is the driving force behind these NHS cuts, despite being allocated over £917 million extra for spending by the UK Government for this year."

The SNP Government has squeezed NHS Tayside’s basic revenue funding for this year to an almost standstill level.

Answers to Parliamentary questions tabled by Marlyn Glen reveal the value of the initial revenue allocation to NHS Tayside in the past two financial years.

Figures from Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon show that when inflation is taken into account, this year’s allocation of £592.9 million is an increase of only £ 1.3 million on the previous year.

Similarly, expressing the allocation for 2009-10 in this year’s prices, the initial revenue for 2009-10, £ 591.6million, is less that £1 million greater than in the previous year.

Furthermore, the Scottish Government wishes to reduce NHS Tayside’s share of the overall Scottish revenue to health boards over time.

If the full effects of this budget reduction had been in place this year, NHS Tayside would have suffered a reduction of £9.8 million in revenue allocation.

 

Parliamentary Questions and answers

30 March 2010

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the initial revenue allocations to NHS Tayside were in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10 and are for 2010-11, also expressed in real terms.

(S3W-32428)

Ms Nicola Sturgeon :

The initial revenue allocations to NHS Tayside from 2007-08 and the inflation adjusted figures are shown in the following table:

Initial Allocation Adjusted Figure
Year £m £m
2007-08 549.1 587.2
2008-09 566.4 590.8
2009-10 578.6 591.6
2010-11 592.9 592.9

The adjusted figures are shown at 2010-11 prices.

 

6 April 2010

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what NHS Tayside’s percentage share of the overall initial revenue allocation to territorial NHS boards is in 2010-11 and what that percentage would be using the NHS Scotland Resource Allocation Committee (NRAC) calibration.

Ms Nicola Sturgeon :

NHS Tayside’s percentage share of the overall initial revenue allocation to territorial NHS boards in 2010-11 was 7.97%, this compares to their NRAC target share of 7.84%.

6 April 2010

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the initial revenue allocations to NHS Tayside were in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10 and is for 2010-11 and what the equivalent values would be using the NHS Scotland Resource Allocation Committee (NRAC) target allocations.

 

Ms Nicola Sturgeon :

The initial revenue allocations to NHS Tayside from 2007-08 and the equivalent values would be using the NRAC formula are shown in the following table (note the 2007-08 and 2008-09 figures are based on the Arbuthnott formula):

  Initial Allocation Adjusted Figure
Year £m £m
2007-08 549.1 548.2
2008-09 566.4 565.6
2009-10 578.6 567.0
2010-11 592.9 583.1

 

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