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Increased funding for NHS boards

Territorial health boards across Scotland are to benefit from a 3.3 per cent increase in funding, it was announced today.

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.

The 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.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“We are committed to protecting spending on health, and this budget reflects a funding increase of 3.3 per cent for territorial health boards across Scotland.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“We are committed to protecting spending on health, and this budget reflects a funding increase in real terms of 1.3 per cent for territorial health boards across Scotland.

“Despite a difficult economic climate, we know how important it is that we continue to invest in our NHS – that is why we have protected health spending so we can continue to deliver a first class service to patients across the country.

“It is right that, despite protected budgets, the NHS is as efficient as possible with taxpayer’s money.

“That is why all health boards are making efficiency savings in excess of three per cent, which will be reinvested in frontline services.”

Funding for territorial health boards will increase by a further 3.1 per cent in 2014-15, again a real terms increase.

Over £525 million will also be invested in improving NHS buildings and equipment.

This includes £105 million transferring from the revenue to capital budget, which is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to boosting economic activity.

This is part of a health budget totalling £12 billion.

Special Boards revenue allocations have increased by 0.2 per cent.

All health boards will be asked to make efficiency savings of at least three per cent, with non-patient facing health boards being asked to demonstrate even greater efficiency measures.

All savings will be reinvested in front line care.