NHS in Scotland struggles to stay in the black

06 December 2019

The health service in Scotland could suffer a £1.8bn shortfall in less than five years without reforms, Audit Scotland has warned.

The annual report from Audit Scotland said that the NHS was ‘seriously struggling to become financially sustainable’.

Auditor general Caroline Gardner said the NHS is ‘running hot’ and called for ‘system-wide reform’, moving towards less reliance on hospitals and more care delivered through GP practices or community-based organisations.

The report shows that while more people were seen on time in the last year and patient safety improved, just two out of eight waiting time standards were met.

And half of all NHS savings were made by one-off non-recurring cuts, while predicted deficits and reliance on additional governmental support have increased.

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