NHS Scotland (Ownership)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

As Mr Lyle will know from the budget that was agreed in this chamber, the aim of our additional investment in health and social care

, which exceeds £700 million, is to shift the balance of care that people need to their local communities except where it is clinically necessary for them to be in acute settings. The health and social care medium-term financial framework sets out that approach.

I assure Mr Lyle that we will not do what the Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation in England is doing. As has been revealed in the

Nursing Times

, it is now producing a price list for procedures that should be provided free at the point where they are needed. For example, cataract surgery is priced at £1,700 and hip replacement surgery at more than £7,000. Those prices cover only one pre-op consultation, one attendance as a day case and one follow-up attendance. That is what is happening to the health service in England—they are getting it ready to trade off. That will not happen to the NHS in Scotland.