More funding for health board

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NHS Western Isles will receive an additional £1.5 million in 2015-16 it was announced this week.

This brings NHS Western Isles’ general allocation increase to 2.4 per cent on 2014-15, bringing the board’s general allocation to more than £63.7 million.

In addition to this, the Government’s announcement of £200,000 for NHS Western Isles in 2015-16 to tackle delays in discharging patients from hospital will be added to the board’s budget, bring the total uplift to 2.7 per cent.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “The Scottish Government’s commitment to increasing NHS Western Isles budget demonstrates our continuing investment in frontline health spending.

“We’re clear that all patients in the Western Isles should be treated as quickly and as effectively as possible. With this increase in funding, health boards are being given more support to achieve this.

“Tackling delayed discharge is an absolute key priority for this government and the £200,000 for NHS Western Isles in 2015-16 is crucial to this effort. “Reducing delayed discharge not only helps individual patients, who benefit from getting home as quickly as possible, but also helps ease pressure across the system.”