Friday, 21 February 2014

Burgess welcomes extra cash for NHS

Margaret Burgess MSP has welcomed a real-terms increase in funding for NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

The SNP MSP described the news as “a further demonstration by the Scottish Government of the importance placed on protecting the NHS”, as opposed to the policies of the Tory-Lib Dem UK Government, which are resulting in large swathes of the health service being privatised in England.

In the next financial year, NHS Ayrshire & Arran will receive £890.3m from the Scottish Government, an increase of 2.6%. In total, the overall budget for Scotland’s 14 regional health boards will rise by £248m in 2014/15.

Margaret Burgess said, “I am delighted to welcome this new increase in funding, not only for NHS Ayrshire & Arran but for health boards throughout Scotland.

“These above-inflation increases are vital to ensure our health service has the resources it needs to treat people. The critical work the NHS does to look after the health of people in Scotland is valued incredibly highly by everyone, which is why it is so important it is resourced as well as it can be.”

Mrs Burgess, whose Cunninghame South constituency includes Stevenston, said, “In the face of savage budget cuts from Westminster, the Scottish Government has made protecting the NHS one of its top priorities. This latest increase in funding means that, between the SNP taking office in 2007 and 2015/16, an extra £2.1bn will have been invested in NHS Scotland’s resource budget.”

Margaret Burgess said the SNP Scottish Government “will always do everything it can to safeguard our NHS because, unlike Westminster, we recognise the importance of maintaining it as the publicly-funded service that is valued so highly by the public.”

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