Increased NHS funding welcomed

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed a 3.3% 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. Over £525 million will also be invested in improving NHS buildings and equipment.

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.”