Magazine article Public Finance

Scots NHS to Encounter Tough Times

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots NHS to Encounter Tough Times

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The NHS in Scotland faces challenging times because of smaller funding increases, efficiency savings and rising drug and fuel costs, a public spending watchdog has warned.

In its report published on December 4, Audit Scotland provided an overview of NHS funding for the past year and said the financial position of the service continued to improve.

For the third successive year, there was a small overall underspend- £26monits £10.1bn budget in 2007/08 - and NHS bodies were less reliant on nonrecurring types of income to meet financial targets. This income includes the sale of assets and using one-off government grants for day-to-day operating costs.

Auditor general Bob Black said the financial performance of the NHS was good during 2007/08 and the service continued to show a steady improvement. …

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