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NHS spending in Scotland hits record level of £9bn

30 November 2007

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NHS spending in Scotland hit record levels last year reaching almost £9bn, according to new figures.

And the official statistics show that more than £700m was spent on primary medical care which was provided by 1,000 GPs across the country.

Total spending across NHS Scotland rose to £8.9bn in 2006-07.

With the equivalent of 110,000 full-time staff the health service’s pay bill took up 67% of spending, an increase of 4.6% bringing it to £3.8bn.

A total of £3.09bn was spent on primary care services, with £700m spent on local health care centres – the equivalent of £137 for every person in Scotland.

Spending on community care was up £29m on last year, with £988m spent, including £63.8m on child health and £7.5m on home dialysis.

Spending on the 14 health board areas, the state hospital and the Golden Jubilee National Hospital rose by 4.5% from £7.48bn to £7.8bn.

Figures show £93m was spent on cleaning hospitals, an increase of £8m on 2006.

The average cost of a patient’s attendance at A&E was £82, with an individual admission to intensive care costing £8,599.

Day surgery costs worked out at £648 per patient and an MRI scan had an average cost of £188.

In total £4.711bn was spent on hospital services and the average cost of a week’s stay in hospital was £2,616 per patient.

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