Friday, 16 January 2015

Increased NHS funding

Margaret Burgess MSP has welcomed increased Scottish Government funding for the NHS in Ayrshire & Arran.

SNP Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP last week confirmed the local Health Board will receive an extra £3.2m in 2015/16, meaning the total financial uplift being delivered in the next year to NHS Ayrshire & Arran will be £16.6m.

Margaret Burgess said, “Advances in technology and the development of new medicines make an incredible difference to the treatment of patients, but often there are rising costs that come with such developments.

“The increased funding will help to address those increased pressures and ensure that patients in Ayrshire and Arran receive the best possible healthcare.”

The MSP for Cunninghame South noted, “The SNP is the only party that can be trusted to protect the NHS.  Ed Miliband has just highlighted that, like Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, he is prepared to continue the public spending cuts we have suffered with the Tories.  We already know Scottish Labour’s new Chief of Staff is in favour of privatising the NHS to deliver £20bn of cuts to public spending.

“In stark contrast, this funding announcement shows the SNP’s determination to ensure that Scotland’s NHS has the resources it needs and underlines that it is only the SNP who will always stand up for Scotland’s health service.”

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