Glasgow and rural Scotland are to be the main beneficiaries of a shake-up in the way funds are allocated to the health service by the Scottish Parliament.

The Arbuthnott committee's report is due to be published today and is thought likely to recommend that Scotland's£4.2bn annual health spend should be allocated according to health need, rather than by population as at present.

This could result in up to£50m per year, or£200m over the life of the present Parliament, being redistributed away from areas such as Lothian and Aberdeen towards Glasgow and some rural areas.

The Scottish National Party is to raise concerns at the next meeting of the Scottish Parliament's health committee over boards which will lose out following the change in funding allocation.