Funding boost for NHS Western Isles

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The Scottish Government has today (Monday) confirmed NHS Western Isles is to receive an extra £260,000 of funding in 2015/16.

The money is part of the additional £65m for health boards announced by the Health Secretary, Shona Robison.

NHS Western Isles will receive an additional £260,000 specifically to address pressures such as the rising cost of new drugs.

The additional £65 million announced by the Cabinet Secretary yesterday will see Territorial Boards receive an average uplift of 3.4 per cent in the next financial year, and will bring all NHS territorial boards to within one per cent of parity under the NHS NRAC funding formula a year earlier than planned, and help boards meet the cost of expensive new drugs.

The NRAC formula was introduced in 2009/10 and the Scottish Government’s policy has been to phase in changes to NHS boards’ funding gradually, with a view to bringing all boards to within 1 per cent of NRAC parity by 2016/17.

The announcement of additional funding brings the total uplift for NHS Western Isles for next year to £1.5m.

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 £1.5m increases the resources available to NHS Western Isles and will help alleviate these pressures, ensuring our NHS can continue to deliver effective and sustainable care to patients in the area.”