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NHS Scotland: finances improving but still faces challenges

NHS Scotland’s financial position is continuing to improve butchallenges lie ahead, according to Audit Scotland. In a reportpublished on 4 December 2008, Audit Scotland says NHS Scotland endedthe 2007–08 financial year with an overall underspend on budget

NHS Scotland’s financial position is continuing to improve but challenges lie ahead, according to Audit Scotland. In a report published on 4 December 2008, Audit Scotland says NHS Scotland ended the 2007–08 financial year with an overall underspend on budget.
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However, future demands facing the NHS are lower levels of funding and increased efficiency savings targets. On prescribing, the report states: “Between 1996–97 and 2007–08, drugs prescribing costs rose in cash terms by around 9 per cent to just over £1bn.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043395

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