NHS Borders is struggling to recoup more than £500,000 owed to it by other health authorities across the UK.
If a visitor from England, Wales or Northern Ireland requires treatment when they are in the Borders, their treatment is costed by the board’s finance team and the relevant NHS authority elsewhere is invoiced.
However, obtaining the money owed – just short of £530,000 – is proving a challenge.
A freedom-of-information request has revealed that, at the end of February, NHS Borders was owed £511,401 by English authorities, £14,459 by health bodies in Wales and £1,141 by Northern Irish health boards.
The problem, according to NHS Borders, is “due to the change in, and many different, commissioning arrangements in place with English and Welsh health authorities”.
A spokesperson for Melrose-based NHS Borders told the Southern: “This is a national issue that the Scottish Government are addressing on behalf of all Scottish health boards.”