The health service in the Highlands is being short changed to the tune of £6.8m by the Scottish Government.
In a letter to the First Minister, 11 Highland Lib Dem Councillors have called on the Highland Council and the Scottish Government to deliver their pledge of funding parity with regional Health Services across Scotland.
Despite patients having operations cancelled and local hospitals in desperate need of fair funding, the SNP - both locally and nationally - have failed to deliver funding promised under their own NRAC (NHSScotland Resource Allocation Committee) formulas.
Cllr Alasdair Christie said: “Fair funding for NHS Highland is not just about getting our fair share. It’s about protecting people's health in the Highlands.
“The failure of the SNP to deliver at a national level, and the failure of local SNP Councillors to represent the Highlands, is actually hurting people in our communities.
“With an older and dispersed population across the region, the only way we can help people stay healthy in Highlands is to ensure we receive the agreed funding from the Scottish Government.”
Inverness & Nairn Scottish Parliament candidate Cllr Carolyn Caddick said: “This is a specific funding issue that is damaging NHS Highland.
“As a former Cabinet Secretary, the First Minister will be aware that the application of the NRAC formula, and changes to that formula, have combined to uniquely disadvantaged NHS Highland among Scottish health boards.
“We do not suggest that any action should be taken to compensate for past underfunding, but we do urge that NHS Highland now receive its full, proportionate share of current and future funding.”
· In 2015/16 NHS Highland will be £5.9m (1.06%) below the NRAC (NHSScotland Resource Allocation Committee) target and that in the following year, 2016/17, this ‘funding gap’ will increase slightly to £6.8m (1.21%).