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16 February 2015

Stevenson Welcomes 'Real Progress' of NHS Grampian

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has welcomed ‘real progress’ made by NHS Grampian in addressing the recommendations of a Healthcare Improvement Scotland report published last year.

The statement was made by Health Secretary Shona Robison today (Monday) before visiting Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Ms Robison said that the new leadership at the health board had “moved NHS Grampian forward” and changes were being seen, with work being done to recruit more nurses, better investigation of complaints, and sustainable plans developed to further improve unscheduled care.

Mr Stevenson said:

“NHS Grampian have had a number of challenges to address over the last number of months, and in December, Healthcare Improvement Scotland identified recommendations for the board to take forward.

“In a relatively short period of time, as the Health Secretary has recognised, some progress has been achieved and this should be welcomed. With more work to be done, it is good to see that things are moving in the right direction.”

The Scottish Government is supporting the changes in NHS Grampian with a £49.1 million increase to the health board’s budget confirmed for the next financial year – equating to a 6.3 per cent rise. This is the highest uplift of any territorial health board within Scotland and will bring NHS Grampian to within one per cent of NRAC parity, the NHS funding formula.

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