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