12 January 2015

Stevenson Welcomes Extra £15.2m for NHS Grampian

Stewart Stevenson SNP MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast has welcomed the announcement of an additional £15.2m in funding for NHS Grampian as a clear demonstration of the SNP commitment to ensure that NHS Scotland has the resources that it needs.

Health Secretary Shona Robison made the announcement today (Monday) that NHS Grampian will receive an extra £15.2m in 2015/16 to help with the rising costs facing the NHS. Included within this extra funding is £3.7m to address pressures such as the rising cost of new drugs.

In total the uplift for NHS Grampian for next year now stands at £49.1m.

Mr Stevenson said:

“This announcement of an extra £15.2m for NHS Grampian will be welcome news for patients throughout the area. In all it brings the total amount of additional funding for NHS Grampian announced for next year to £49.1m.

“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 across Banffshire and Buchan Coast receive the best healthcare possible.

“The SNP is the only party that can be trusted to protect the NHS. Yesterday (Sunday) Ed Miliband 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 the health service in Scotland.”

The funding boost for 2015/16 will ensure that all territorial health boards will receive uplifts next year which are at least one per cent above the rate of inflation. NHS Grampian will receive a 6 per cent increase in their budget compared to last year – the largest overall annual increase of any mainland board.

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