MSP call­ing for ur­gent ac­tion to bal­ance books but not hit ser­vices

Ayrshire Post - - Memory Lane - Pippa Smith

MSP John Scott this week called for ur­gent ac­tion to bring NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran’s fi­nances back into the bal­ance with­out im­pact­ing on front line ser­vices.

In the wake of a re­port by spend­ing watch­dog Au­dit Scot­land, which warned that the health board faces sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, the Tory MSP wants NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran to re­as­sure that its fi­nan­cial po­si­tion will not im­pact on the de­liv­ery of front­line health ser­vices to lo­cal peo­ple.

Mr Scott said: “It is enor­mously con­cern­ing news that the find­ings of the Au­dit Scot­land re­port should be so damn­ing and raises se­ri­ous ques­tions about the abil­ity of the board to ful­fil its du­ties to lo­cal peo­ple.

“Amongst the find­ings of the Au­dit Scot­land re­port was that NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran is un­able to de­liver ser­vices within bud­get, that sav­ings tar­gets have not been met and that it will be dif­fi­cult to achieve fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity in fu­ture.

“It also found that a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of their sav­ings to date have been one- off sav­ings and so can­not be re­peated in fu­ture years.

“Fur­ther, it has been found that the board will not be able to bal­ance its bud­get by 2020/ 21 and that it has no plans to re­pay the loans to the Scot­tish Govern­ment.

“Clearly this is an un­sus­tain­able po­si­tion and we need ur­gent ac­tion to bring the board’s fi­nances back into bal­ance and a cast- iron guar­an­tee that this will be achieved with­out im­pact­ing on the range of health ser­vices pro­vided to lo­cal peo­ple, or the fur­ther cen­tral­i­sa­tion of ser­vices.”

John Scott The MSP wants NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran’s fi­nances to be back in the bal­ance with­out im­pact­ing on pa­tients

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