Publication: NHS in Scotland 2023

by Auditor General

The Scottish Government needs to develop a clear national strategy for health and social care to address the pressures on services.

Significant changes are needed to ensure the financial sustainability of Scotland's health service. Growing demand, operational challenges and increasing costs have added to the financial pressures the NHS was already facing. Its longer-term affordability is at risk without reform.

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Stephen Boyle, Auditor General for Scotland, talks about the report

A transcript of this video is available to download with the other files on this page.


NHS board performance against eight key waiting times standards, quarter ending September 2023
NHS board performance
The health budget has been increasing in real terms since 2013/14
Exhibit 2
Performance against key waiting times standards, September 2018 to September 2023
Exhibit 8
NHS Scotland workforce: September 2018 – September 2023
Exhibit 10
There has been no unified vision for the future direction of the entire healthcare system published since 2013
Exhibit 14