What a difference a decimal point makes. The Arbuthnott report, Fair Shares for All , does not recommend that Glasgow's funding should rise by 17 per cent (news, pages 6-7, 4 November). The proposed increase (in hospital and community health services and GP prescribing) is 1.7 per cent. Your report also muddles a rather technical (albeit important) point we were advancing about the community services element of the formula, and makes it sound as if we were making a more general criticism of the whole formula.
We were merely saying that if we implemented the community health services element of the formula it would produce a rate of spend 22 per cent less than the present level. We felt that intuitively supported our statistical criticisms for that part of the formula. We would not contemplate making such a reduction in practice.
CJ Spry Chief executive Greater Glasgow health board