NHS Forth Valley patients and staff are set to benefit from record investment in health in 2018-19.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson has welcomed the announcement in last week’s draft Scottish Budget that health spending in Scotland will increase by more than £400million to £13.1billion.
Mr Matheson said: “As part of this above-inflation increase in the health budget, the Scottish Government will prioritise investment in frontline services, offering the financial support NHS Forth Valley and health boards across Scotland need to continue delivering the best possible care.

“This record spending will also support the implementation of the proposed new GP contract, which will address concerns about GP recruitment and retention. And it’s heartening to see that investment in mental health will rise significantly, as this is one of the most important public health issues our society faces.

“The Scottish Government has increased health spending by 9.9% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2018-19, while Westminster has reduced Scotland’s overall budget by 8% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2019-20.

“Investing record amounts in our NHS in the face of continuing Tory austerity shows a real commitment to delivering the best possible care for the people of Scotland while meeting the challenges of an ageing population and rising demand for health services.”

“I’m also delighted that the public sector pay cap will be lifted next year, guaranteeing a decent pay increase for our hardworking and dedicated healthcare staff across Falkirk district.”