The Scottish Government Finance Minister, Derek Mackay, has refused to rule out cuts to frontline services at NHS Tayside following questioning from Murdo Fraser in the Scottish Parliament.
Today’s questioning comes as officials at the embattled health board have stated that savings of £214 million will have to be made over the coming five years in order to break even.
Thus far savings have been made thanks to a reduction in agency nursing costs although a spokesperson for NHS Tayside has warned that cuts to prescriptions, procurement and property will be required in order to meet their financial obligations.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“The Finance Minister had ample opportunity to rule out the possibility of frontline cuts to NHS Tayside today but has refused to do so.
“This will be hugely disappointing and concerning to the staff and patients at NHS Tayside who are working under increasing strain.
“Ensuring that our health service is adequately funded is incredibly important but it would appear as though the Scottish Government have washed their hands with Tayside and are pressing them to make huge savings which could affect patient care.”