INCREASED FUNDING FOR NHS BOARDS

3.8 PER CENT FUNDING RISE FOR FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE IN FORTH VALLEY

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson has welcomed the news that NHS Foerh Valley is to benefit from a 3.8 per cent increase in funding.

All health boards are to share £9.1 billion in revenue funding in 2013-14, with territorial Boards being given a general allocation increase of £256 million for 2013-14.

This is an overall increase of 3.3 per cent in 2013-14 for all territorial health boards – which is a real terms increase of 1.3 per cent above inflation.

Mr Matheson said;

“I am pleased that the Scottish Government is committed to protecting spending on health in Forth Valley, and this funding increase reflects their commitment to healthcare.

“Despite a difficult economic climate, I know how important it is that investment in the NHS must continue.

“NHS Forth Valley have been allocated by the Scottish Government £432.2 million which is an increase of 3.8%, which I know will be welcomed by my constituents who value this service.