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No extra funding for NHS Tayside to prevent freezing of posts

30 October 2008

Marlyn Glen said today that Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out additional funding for NHS Tayside specifically to prevent any freezing of posts, following reports that the health board has held negotiations with staff representatives on pay budgets.

Ms. Glen had written to Ms. Sturgeon calling for more funding for such a purpose.

However, the Health Secretary would only say that throughout the course of the year, additional funding would be " allocated to boards for specific projects and initiatives such as smoking cessation, alcohol services and reduction in waiting times."

Ms. Glen said that the negotiations between NHS Tayside and its staff representatives had arisen because "the Scottish Government had instructed NHS Tayside to find £35 million from its budget in ‘efficiency savings’ over the next three years.

She said,

"In addition, the new formula to be introduced by the Scottish Government next year will see a further unnecessary cut in NHS Tayside’s share of the revenues allocated to health boards.

"While the health secretary admits that demanding that NHS Tayside find ‘efficiency savings’ of £35 million is a "challenging target’, she fails to demonstrate how these savings will not harm the quality of patient care.

" Leaving unfilled posts vacant would be one detrimental consequence of the drive for savings. "


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