Scotland’s health budget increases

Thursday September 22nd, 2011

The Scottish Government has announced that resource funding for health is set to increase by £826m over the next three years, meaning a record budget of more than £11.6bn in 2012-13.

Leaders say that this delivers on their commitment to pass on the Barnett resource health consequentials in full to the NHS in Scotland.

NHS territorial health boards will receive real terms increases – £720m more in 2014-15 than at present – reflecting the Government’s pledge to protect patient care and frontline services.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon said: “These spending plans clearly set out the strength of our commitment to the health service in Scotland. The retention of all health resource Barnett consequentials for the Scottish NHS means we can continue to improve our health as a nation, tackle inequalities and deliver a first class service to patients across the country.

“These budget allocations will support services and initiatives designed to help people in Scotland to live longer and healthier lives with reduced health inequalities and to provide more sustainable, high quality and continually improving health care services close to home. In the face of a 36% real terms reduction in capital resources we have maximised capital spend ensuring we can deliver on legally committed projects as well as building new and improved facilities across the country through the NPD pipeline and Hub Initiative.”

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