Record levels of NHS funding in Scotland will see Tayside health authority’s funding increased by nearly six per cent.
The allocation of more than £500 million additional funding for Scotland’s health boards has been announced by Health Secretary Shona Robison, taking health spending in 2016-17 to a record level of almost £13 billion.
Territorial health boards will receive a 5.5 per cent resource increase over 2015-16 budget levels, which will enable investment of an additional £250 million to support the integration of health and social care and build the capacity of community-based services.
The funding for the integration of health and social care will be split between the new partnerships, which from April will bring together health board and local authority responsibilities by integrating health and social care services across Scotland.
In Tayside this will mean that the Health Authority’s budget has increased to £699,100,000, slightly above the national average rise at 5.8 per cent.
In terms of funding being made available for the integration of services, Angus will receive £5.34 million, split evenly between support for growth in social care spend and Support for living wage and other cost pressures.
Capital investment will increase by £292 million to £495 million. This will support the new Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, National Blood Transfusion Centre, and the replacement Balfour Hospital in Orkney.
It will also allow work to begin on the new network of diagnostic and elective treatment centres, so that people can be treated more quickly for planned surgery and to help the NHS meet increasing demand from a growing elderly population.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “The Scottish Government’s commitment to increasing health boards’ budgets demonstrates our continuing investment in improving care.
“People in Scotland should get the care and support they need in the right place, at the right time, which is why we are transforming our health and social care system to make sure it keeps pace with Scotland’s changing needs.
“The integration of health and social care, which comes into full force on April 1, is the most significant reform of our health and social care services since the creation of the NHS and our investment of £250 million will help health and social care partnerships improve people’s experience of care.
“This funding will allow people to be supported to maintain their independence for as long as possible, in their own homes and communities and mean that fewer people need to go to hospital to receive care. Where hospital care is necessary and appropriate, they will spend less time there and return home more quickly.”