NHS Spending

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 11th October 2002.

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Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Question S1W-30070

To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on hospital buildings in each year since 1996

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

An accurate assessment of spend on hospital buildings is not maintained centrally. However, the capital budget, including capital receipts, available to NHS Scotland in each year was as follows:

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Year

£ million

1997-98

136

1998-99

166

1999-2000

217

2000-01

248

2001-02

285

A proportion of each year’s budget was allocated on a formula basis to NHS trusts for routine maintenance, achievement of statutory standards, the purchase of small items of equipment and small capital projects such as ward upgrades. The amounts allocated under these heads range from £54 million to £90 million. The balance in each year has been allocated by Scottish Executive Health Department in support of business cases for buildings and equipment.

In addition to NHS capital, hospital buildings with a capital cost of £469 million have been provided by the private sector. The annual cost to NHS Scotland for the provision of these fully maintained facilities (the annual unitary charge) was:

Year

£ million

1997-98

4.9

1998-99

6.4

1999-2000

7.1

2000-01

12.5

2001-02

54.1

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