Attributable to Dr Eleanor Roy, CIPFA Policy Manager Health & Social Care:
“We welcome Audit Scotland’s report on the NHS in Scotland 2018
, which painted a concerning picture of the significant financial challenges to maintain and improve the service. This is a reflection of the challenges being faced by NHS everywhere in the UK, and strengthens the case for more sustainable, longer term, financial planning.
"We have previously welcomed the Scottish Government’s medium term financial framework, and the new flexibilities for health boards as a positive step in the right direction to achieving sustainability, but as this report indicates much more work must be done.
"We support the Auditor General’s call for a capital investment strategy, which we understand is currently in progress, and agree that a ‘robust and transparent financial management system’ is essential to manage and monitor the new financial arrangements for health boards. We will be keen to work with the Scottish Government to achieve this aim.”
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