Local MSP & MP welcome additional funding for NHS Grampian

Eilidh Whiteford MP

Banff & Buchan MP, Dr Eilidh Whiteford and Alex Salmond, MSP for Aberdeenshire East have welcomed the announcement yesterday by Scottish Government Health Secretary Shona Robison of an extra £15.2 million funding for NHS Grampian in 2015/16

The funding for NHS Grampian is part of an additional £65 million being provided across Scotland to help with the rising cost pressures facing the NHS.

In total the uplift for NHS Grampian for next year now stands at £49.1 million. This represents a 6% increase in funding from last year, the biggest percentage uplift of any mainland NHS board in Scotland.

Commenting, SNP MP for Banff & Buchan, Eilidh Whiteford said

Patients will be delighted to see this extra investment in healthcare in Grampian. The cost pressures facing our NHS are challenging and additional funding of £49million for NHS Grampian next year – more than any other health board in mainland Scotland – is a recognition that these challenges can be amplified in an area as diverse as Grampian.

Whilst NHS Grampian has been facing some organisational difficulties in recent months, patient care has remained robust. With a new management team and now substantial additional funding for next year, I hope patients will be able to expect a noticeably improved performance.

Amidst the heightening of General Election activities, some political parties have sought to use our NHS as a political football. The investment in healthcare in Grampian from the Scottish Government today is a clear indication that the SNP has a determination to improve health outcomes in Scotland, and not just pay lip service to our NHS.

Alex Salmond, MSP for Aberdeenshire East, added

The delivery of an extra £15.2 million for NHS Grampian will be welcome news for patients in Aberdeenshire East and beyond.

With this 6 per cent increase in NHS Grampian’s budget it is clear that this government is committed to redressing the historic funding imbalance inherited by the previous Lab-Lib administration.

Under Labour in 2006/07, NHS Grampian received 9.1% of all frontline funding for NHS health boards which the SNP increased to 9.6%.

This extra funding of £15.2million means that NHS Grampian are receiving even more Scottish Government funding.

The announcement shows the SNP’s determination to ensure that NHS Grampian has the resources it needs and underlines that it is only the SNP who will always stand up for the health service.

The extra funding will see Territorial Boards receive an average uplift of 3.4 per cent in the next financial year, and will bring all NHS territorial boards to within one per cent of parity under the NHS NRAC funding formula a year earlier than planned, and help boards meet the cost of expensive new drugs.

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