An MSP has branded the government’s cabinet secretary for health’s attitude towards NHS Grampian “appalling”.
In a question and answer session in the Scottish Parliament yesterday afternoon, North-east MSP Mike Rumbles asked if Health Secretary Shona Robison was satisfied with the state of NHS Grampian.
Mr Rumbles cited £165.6 million of under-funding since 2009, the largest drop in planned operations in Scotland, a 17% drop on the previous year, and dozens of patients waiting more than eight and 12 hours to be seen in A&E.
He claimed that, under the current funding formula, NHS Grampian receives even less than the 90% of the Scottish average per head of population that it is entitled to.
Mr Rumbles said: “The Cabinet Secretary’s attitude toward NHS Grampian is appalling.
“Not once has she taken responsibility for the difficulties facing our local health services in the North-east and she pointedly refuses to admit that historic under-funding has pushed NHS Grampian to the brink.
“Week after week we see figures that show NHS Grampian is struggling to meet targets and has declining performance.
“It is no coincidence that our local health board is the worst funded NHS in Scotland and that it is always pushed to the back of the queue for investment.
“There is no more room for denial.
“Patients and hardworking staff in NHS Grampian need to hear the Scottish Government is working to close the funding gap and provide the resources needed.”
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said an extra £50m had been made available to NHS boards to help tackle waiting times, with NHS Grampian getting £4.9m.
The spokeswoman added: “We also announced £4m for projects to introduce innovation in healthcare.
“Since 2007 we’ve increased NHS Grampian’s resource budget by over £337m, supporting the recruitment of over 800 staff.”