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Record investment in health and care

Friday February 7th, 2020

Health and care funding will rise to more than £15 billion for the first time under the 2020-21 Budget.NHS_HealthScotland(cmyk)

As part of the overall uplift, the Scottish Government has delivered more than £100 million in excess of Barnett consequentials to support frontline services.

Frontline funding for NHS boards has been increased by £454 million, and is aimed at improving waiting times and patient outcomes.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:

“The Scottish Budget continues to shift the balance of care towards primary, social and community care and to support our focus on mental health.

“t ensures that we remain on track to deliver more than half of frontline NHS spending in community health services by the end of this Parliament, continuing our twin approach of investment and reform.           

Our budget will see more than £9.4 billion of investment in health and social care partnerships. It will also increase the Scottish Government’s direct investment in addressing the harm and deaths caused by the misuse of drugs by almost 60% in 2020-21.

This budget delivers an additional £100 million to the health portfolio, over and above passing on every penny of health resource and capital consequentials in full.

But all this relies on the UK Government to fulfil all of their health funding promises. It is essential the Chancellor keeps his government’s promises so that funding is not jeopardised for our vital frontline NHS services.”

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