Covid leads to NHS overspend
The health board has spent £3.6 million on tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
And that has led to an overspend of more than £5million in the first few months of the financial year.
The figures were outlined in a report to NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s board meeting on Monday.
Deputy finance director Graham Stewart revealed the health service had moved to an “emergency footing” in March to prepare for a surge of Covid-19 cases.
Actions taken included “a “rapid mobilisation to significantly increase intensive care capacity, bring additional beds into the system, create community assessment hubs, expand testing and recruit unprecedented numbers of additional staff to cover the demand and predicted staff absence”.
By the end of May, it had cost the health board an additional £3.6 million.
The biggest expense was increasing hospital capacity, which cost nearly £1 million.
Mr Stewart said there were “potentially off-setting savings” of £1.1 million due to a reduction in elective work and re-deploying staff into Covid-19 related positions.
The pandemic also brought to a halt plans in place to cut £11.1 million from the overall budget during the financial year as well as find ways of saving an additional £15.5 million.
That, combined with the extra cost of tackling the coronavirus pandemic, led to a £5.6 million overspend by the end of May.
Members were told that does not take into account the allocation of any extra funding to support the local mobilisation plan to tackle Covid-19.
Dumfries Infirmary The biggest NHS spend was on increasing hospital capacity to deal with coronavirus