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Monday, 24 September 2012

Health boards across Scotland are to benefit from a share of over 9.1 million pounds in services funding in 2013 - 14.

The funding represents an overall increase of 3.3 per cent in 2013-14 for all territorial health boards - a real terms increase of 0.8 per cent. Funding for territorial health boards will increase by a further 3.1 per cent in 2014-15, again a real terms increase.

This is part of a health budget totalling 12 billion pounds. As well as the 9.1 billion pounds that will fund the day-to-day running of the health service, over 390 million pounds will be invested in improving NHS buildings and equipment.

Over 133 million pounds will be invested in sport and the Commonwealth Games in 2013 -14. And a further 80 million pounds will also be committed to help support the integration of health and social care services.

NHS workers will also benefit from the end of public sector pay freeze and will see up to a one per cent increase in earnings for the lowest paid in 2013 -14.

All Health Boards will be asked to make efficiency savings of at least three per cent. Non-patient facing Health Boards will again be asked to demonstrate even greater efficiency measures. All savings will be reinvested in front line care.

And ahead of the Commonwealth Games, an extra one million pounds will be made available to fund elite athletes.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“We are committed to protecting spending on health, and this budget reflects a funding increase in real terms for every territorial health board 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. Overall all Health Boards are making efficiency savings in excess of three per cent, which will be reinvested in frontline services.

“With just under two years to go to Glasgow 2014 we are proud to be investing an extra one million pounds in elite athletes and over 133 million pounds into sport and the Commonwealth Games. A project which – I am pleased to say – remains on time and budget.

“Not only will people across Scotland be inspired to get active, the Games and other major sporting events will create jobs, provide contract opportunities for Scottish businesses and boost our events and tourism industry.”

The Health and Wellbeing portfolio will be responsible for public spending totalling 12 billion pounds in 2013-14.

Funding allocated to healthcare will be 11.8 billion pounds, of which Territorial Boards and Special Health Boards will receive a core allocation of 9.1 billion pounds. 133.6 million pounds will be allocated to Sport including the Commonwealth Games 2014, 20.3 million pounds to Equalities and 10.9 million pounds to the Food Standards Agency Scotland.

The Scottish Government