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13 February 2013

Stevenson Welcomes Increased Funding for NHS Grampian

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the 3.3 per cent funding rise for frontline healthcare announced by the Scottish Government, and has applauded their commitment to protecting health spending.

All health boards are to share £9.1 billion in revenue funding in 2013-14, with Grampian receiving £743.8 million in Initial Funding Allocation.

Funding for territorial health boards will increase by a further 3.1 per cent in 2014-15, again a real terms increase. Over £525 million will also be invested in improving NHS buildings and equipment.

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Health Alex Neil MSP said:

“We are committed to protecting spending on health, and this budget reflects a real funding increase for territorial health boards across Scotland.

“Despite a difficult economic climate, we know how important it is that we continue to invest in our NHS – that is why we have protected health spending so we can continue to deliver a first class service to patients across the country.

“It is right that, despite protected budgets, the NHS is as efficient as possible with taxpayer’s money.

“That is why all health boards are making efficiency savings in excess of three per cent, which will be reinvested in frontline services.”

Commenting on the announcement, local MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“This increased investment in the NHS will greatly benefit those served by NHS Grampian, who work tirelessly to improve the health of people in the North-east and beyond, providing high quality services and helping people make healthy choices.

“This also underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to protecting vital services in the face of unprecedented cuts and privatisation from Westminster.”

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