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Additional funding for NHS Tayside welcomed

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, the SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, has welcomed the announcement of extra funding for NHS Tayside as a clear demonstration of the SNP’s commitment to ensuring Scotland’s NHS gets the resources it needs.

Health Secretary Shona Robison’s announcement that NHS Tayside will receive an extra £2.6 million in 2015-16 to help with the rising cost pressures facing the NHS means that in total the uplift for NHS Tayside for next year now stands at £15.9 million.

Ms Cunningham said:

“This announcement of an extra £2.6 million for NHS Tayside will be welcome news for patients throughout the area.  In all it brings the total amount of additional funding for NHS Tayside announced for next year to very nearly £16 million.

“Advances in technology and the development of new medicines make an incredible difference to the treatment of patients, but often there are rising costs that come with such developments. The increased funding announced today will help to address those increased pressures and ensure that patients in Tayside receive the best healthcare possible.

“The SNP is the only party that can be trusted to protect the NHS. Only this week, Ed Miliband highlighted that, like Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, he is prepared to continue the public spending cuts we have suffered under the Tories.  We already know Scottish Labour’s new Chief of Staff is in favour of privatising the NHS to deliver £20bn of cuts to public spending.

“In stark contrast, this funding announcement shows the SNP’s determination to ensure that Scotland’s NHS has the resources it needs and underlines that it is only the SNP who will always stand up for Scotland’s health service.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design