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Scottish Government Pledges Extra £9.6m Funding For NHS Lanarkshire
Health Secretary Shona Robison says the additional investment will increase the resources available to NHS Lanarkshire.
NHS Lanarkshire is to receive an additional £9.6 million to ease pressure on frontline services.
The money is part of the additional £65m for health boards announced by Health Secretary Shona Robison.
NHS Lanarkshire will also receive an additional £1.6m specifically to address pressures such as the rising cost of new drugs. The announcement of additional funding brings the total uplift for NHS Lanarkshire for next year to £35.8m.
Ms Robison said: “Despite Scotland’s fiscal resource budget being slashed in real terms by 10 per cent by Westminster since 2010, we’ve increased the health resource budget by 4.6 per cent in real terms.
“Our NHS services face challenges as a result of the increase in patients, with more complex illnesses, and the rising costs of expensive new drugs.
“This additional investment of £35.8m increases the resources available to NHS Lanarkshire and will help alleviate these pressures, ensuring our NHS can continue to deliver effective and sustainable care to patients in Lanarkshire.”
The money is from a £125million windfall through the Barnett formula.
East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani hailed the move as a clear demonstration of the Scottish Government’s commitment to the national health service.
She said: “An extra £9.6 million for NHS Lanarkshire will be welcome news for patients throughout the area.
“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 in East Kilbride and throughout Lanarkshire receive the best healthcare possible.”
Laura Ace, director of finance at NHS Lanarkshire, said: “We welcome this additional funding which will help us meet the rising costs of delivering high quality health services and the expanding range of new drug treatments to the people of Lanarkshire.”
Last week, Labour Leader Jim Murphy pledged that a UK-wide “mansion tax” would allow for 1000 new nurses to be recruited to NHS Scotland.
The new posts are to be paid for through Scotland’s share of a special ‘Time to Care’ fund, which would be raised by a future Labour Government through a Mansion Tax on the UK’s wealthiest property owners and a crackdown on tax avoidance.
MSP for Central Scotland Margaret McCulloch believes hospitals in Lanarkshire would be “brought back from the brink” if 1000 new nursing posts were created in Scotland. She says the extra nursing staff would help address pressure points, such as Lanarkshire’s overstretched Accident and Emergency departments.
Ms McCulloch said: “There is no single solution to the A&E crisis. We need more A&E consultants in Lanarkshire and we need to deal with delayed discharges at Hairmyres but I have no doubt that bringing in extra nurses will make a huge difference.”