Nov 4, 2019

NHS Scotland given extra £10m to ease winter pressures

The NHS in Scotland is to receive £10m to help cope with the "Particular pressures" of winter, the health secretary has announced. It comes as Labour's Richard Leonard accused Scottish ministers of "Failing to plan for the future of the NHS". Watchdogs last month warned Scotland's NHS was "Seriously struggling to become financially sustainable". Scotland's largest health board, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, will receive the biggest share of the cash, almost £2.14m, with NHS Lothian in line to receive more than £1.4m. Ms Freeman said the funding would help ensure those who were well enough to leave hospital could be discharged at weekends and over holiday periods. "He will say:"Be in no doubt: you cannot trust the Tories with our NHS - they opposed its creation, and they are intent on destroying it once and for all if we leave the EU. "Be in no doubt: you cannot trust the SNP with our NHS - they have mismanaged it for over a decade. The SNP is asleep at the wheel as our health service faces its biggest danger since it was created." Boris Johnson has made a number of NHS spending pledges for the rest of the UK since becoming prime minister which, if enacted, would result in additional funding for services in Scotland.

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