MSP welcomes funding to improve patient flow

Stewart Stevenson MSP.
Stewart Stevenson MSP.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed an annoucement from the Scottish Government that an additional £5 million is to be made available.

The money is to expected to help health boards to improve the flow of patients through the health and social care services.

Health Secretary Alex Neil MSP announced the funding boost which will aid further development of intermediate care, helping people to stay in their own home instead of going into hospital in the first place.

The money will also be available to aid services that support people to regain their independence so they can return home sooner after a hospital stay.

Commenting on the funding, Stewart Stevenson MSP said: “By improving the way that patients move through hospital and are supported at home, the investment will allow people to be moved from A&E to an appropriate ward sooner and reduce the amount of unnecessary time that patients spend in hospital.

“The funding will be carefully targeted to improve performance in seven health boards, including Grampian, working with their local authority, housing and Third Sector partners.”