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Financial Performance

The Health and Sport Portfolio comprises the NHS Boards and the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates.  The Health and Social Care Directorates support the work of the NHS Boards and manage a range of other support programmes, research, and initiatives to improve access to services. 

In 2018-19 the resource budget is £13.1 billion. This represents an increase of over £400 million from 2017-18 (3.4% uplift).  As part of the budget approved by the Scottish Parliament, the 14 Territorial and 8 National Boards account for £10.9 billion of that spend, with the remainder administered directly by the Scottish Government.   The NHS Board resource budget covers spending on operating costs such as pay, drugs and supplies. 

In addition to the Budgets allocated at the outset of the year to NHS Boards, £2.2 billion is managed centrally by the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates; the majority of which is allocated to NHS Boards over the course of the year.  This includes total funding of £1.5 billion for the four professional groups of independent sub-contractors - medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and optometry, and also £303 million to support investment in reform.

The capital budget is £351 million in 2018-19 and funds investment in the NHS estate, equipment and maintenance.  

Current Financial Performance

NHS Boards

The reports within related downloads summarise the monthly financial position for NHS Scotland for the reporting year 2018-19.  The reports set out the year to date position and the forecast position for the year end.  The information contained in the reports is a consolidation of the financial position as reported by all 22 NHS Boards.  All NHS Boards report regularly and publicly on local financial performance. This information is available through individual NHS Board websites. 

​Integration Authorities

​The report within related downloads is produced and consolidated by Integration Authority Chief Financial Officers. The report consolidates information already in the public domain as published by individual Integration Authorities. Financial reporting by Integration Authorities is aligned to their individual Board Meetings. These reports will be produced on a quarterly basis.

This page is maintained by the Scottish Government Health Finance team.