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Scotland Flag1November 30 2015

Spending on family health services in Scotland covering GP practices, community pharmacy, dental and ophthalmic services was just under £2.5 billion in 2014-15.

This equated to a cash terms increase of 2.6% and a real terms increase of 1.2% compared to 2013-14, Information Services Division of NHS Scotland has announced. Total NHS Board operating costs were £10.8 billion, an increase of 3.4% in cash terms or 2.0% in real terms.

“In 2015, the cost of delivering primary care medical services at 987 GP practices in Scotland was £771m; an increase of 1.1% in cash terms compared to 2014,” said ISD Scotland. “Almost half (£1.2bn or 48.4%) of family health sector costs was spent on pharmaceutical services. Drugs expenditure makes up 83.0% (£989m) of pharmaceutical services costs. The cost of providing general dental services and general ophthalmic services was £399m and £101m respectively.”

In addition, community sector spending of £1.8 billion included £81.3 million on GP out of hours services and £161.7 million on district nursing.

ISD Scotland has also published data on waiting times, saying “86.1% of patients waiting for a New Outpatient appointment at  September 302015 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares to 89.8% at June 30 2015 and 93.2% at September 30 2014.”

In addition, “90.3% of patients waiting for a key Diagnostic test at September 30 2015 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 89.3% at June 30 2015 and 91.0% at September 30 2014.” And “87.2% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending September 30 2015. This compares to 88.3% seen during month ending June 30 2015 and 89.4% during month ending September 30 2014.”

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ISD Scotland Scottish Health Service Costs

ISD Scotland NHS waiting times

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