MSP receives details of over £15 million in "efficiency savings" in NHS Tayside’s budget this year

15 May 2009

Marlyn Glen has been given details of the £15.1 million "efficiency savings" that the Scottish Government are instructing NHS Tayside to find this year.

The savings are being made to meet the demand of the SNP Government for a 2 per cent decrease in the board’s spending.

Ms. Glen had written to the health board , asking for information on this year’s efficiency savings targets, which have been set at £35 million in total in the three year period up to 2010/11

Ms. Glen commented ,

" Front-line services need to be safeguarded in bids to achieve efficiency savings.

" This call for efficiency savings come on top of the very poor increase in health service expenditure for this year allocated to NHS Tayside by the Scottish Government of only £3.7 million in real terms ( taking inflation into account ).

"This represents an increase of less than 1 per cent.

The targets for reductions in various categories in the "Delivery Unit" ( Hospital and Community health services ) include :

Staffing including vacancy control with a target of £3.6 million

Procurement £3.4 million

Strategic Improvement and Service Redesign £1.8 million

Staff travel £500,000

Subject to further review £1.4 million

Miscellaneous £800,000

At the health board headquarters the targets for reduction are :

Reduced rate of employer’s superannuation contributions £1.5 million

Staffing £600,000.



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