SNP MSP for South Scotland Aileen McLeod today (Tuesday) welcomed news that the Health Secretary, Shona Robison, has said health boards in Scotland are to receive an additional £282 million in 2015-16.This comes on top of the news that the Scottish Government has allocated over £12 billion for health spending for the first time ever.NHS Dumfries & Galloway will receive £7.1 million uplift for 2015-16, which equates to a 2.7% increase in funding. This includes a £900,000 uplift dedicated to tackling delayed discharge.Commenting, Aileen said:“The Scottish Government’s announcement of a further £282 million in funding for health boards is another example of its continued and sustained commitment to Scotland’s NHS.“The overall 2.7% increase for NHS Dumfries & Galloway will make a real difference in allowing our fantastic healthcare staff to continue providing the very best of care to patients in the region.“This includes tackling delayed discharge, which is of course a key priority for this government. The £30 million for 2015-16, which forms part of a £100 million investment over the next three years, is crucial to this effort. This dedication to Scotland’s NHS shows how much the SNP values patient care and the integration of health and social care”.Notes to Editors:More information on board allocations is available here:http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Simple&DateChoice=0&MSPId=3771&SortBy=DateSubmitted&ResultsPerPage=10The remaining funds included as part of the £383 million uplift announced by Mr Swinney will be allocated throughout 2015/16 to support specific commitments across the year around frontline areas like health performance and integration support.
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