Saturday, 21 February 2015

Boost for local NHS funding

The Scottish Health Secretary, Shona Robison MSP (pictured), has confirmed that NHS Ayrshire & Arran will receive an additional £16.6m in the current financial year (2015-16).

The extra money sees the local Health Board’s general allocation for the year increase to £635.5m, up by 2.7% on 2014-15.

The SNP Scottish Government has also allocated a further £2.3m to NHS Ayrshire and Arran to tackle delays in discharging patients from hospital.

Announcing the financial allocation for local hospitals and health services, Shona Robison said, “The Scottish Government’s commitment to increasing NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s budget demonstrates our continuing investment in frontline health spending.

“This comes as Scotland’s total health spending reaches more than £12bn for the first time ever.

“We’re clear that all patients in NHS Ayrshire and Arran should be treated as quickly and as effectively as possible, with the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

The Health Secretary acknowledged there are still pressures on the NHS but said the Scottish Government is “acting to deliver record funding and the robust policies needed to support the hardworking and dedicated staff of our NHS.”

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