Monday, 28 May 2018 18:20

NEW INVESTMENT IN NHS DIAGNOSTICS AND CARE

£50M TO SUPPORT TREATMENT 

The NHS Scotland health boards are to benefit from £50 million to help deliver swift treatment and diagnostics. 

The extra funding is part of a package of measures to help reduce waiting times – and which will also see two independent diagnostic leads appointed to improve co-ordination across the country on specialist tests.

Scotland already invests more per head of population than anywhere else in the UK. Tory-led England and Labour-led Wales continue to lag behind Scotland, including on A&E waiting times where Scotland has had the lowest waiting times for over 3 years.

Commenting, SNP MSP and deputy convener of Holyrood’s Health Committee Ash Denham said:

“The staff of Scotland’s NHS do a fantastic job day in day out. This funding boost will support a package of measures to help further improve performance, including new independent experts being appointed to speed up diagnostic tests.

“The Scottish Government has already committed to invest an extra £2 billion above inflation by the end of this parliament – the highest funding offer of any party at the last election – and we already invest more in our NHS per head of population than anywhere else in the UK. That’s one of the reasons why Scotland’s A&E’s continue to have the best performance of anywhere in the UK for the last 3 years.”

‘Measures to improve NHS performance’: https://news.gov.scot/news/measures-to-improve-nhs-performance

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