Dundee health board in the red after £431k council bill

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The board managing Dundee’s Health and Social Care Partnership ended the last financial year £400,000 in the red, a new report has revealed.

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The integrated joint board (IJB) has published its audited financial statement for the 2017/18 year showing a £403k deficit. It ended the previous year with a surplus of £4.9m.

The deficit has been pinned on a £431k bill from Dundee City Council for services in the previous year.

Looking ahead, Dave Berry, chief finance officer of the IJB, said finances were likely to be impacted further by the city’s ageing and “increasingly frail” population.

He said: “The impact of poor health at an earlier age, the prevalence of disabilities and high number of people with substance misuse and mental health problems will continue to present risks.

“(We have) a significant financial challenge ahead in a climate of growing demand and limited resources.”