Health boards receive additional £10m
A further £10 million will be allocated to NHS boards to help cope with added pressures over the winter months.
Provided earlier than ever before, the funding, which comes on top of the £9 million already allocated to support unscheduled care all year round, will allow health boards to put robust plans in place quickly.
The investment will support health and social care services to increase weekend discharges where patients are fit to go home. Traditionally, the weekend discharge rate is lower than during the week, leading to a backlog of delay going into a Monday morning.
It will help boards with staff planning over the festive bank holidays, ensuring both admission and discharge rates can be maintained, with a focus on better use of community pharmacy and more support to direct people to the best service for them.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced the funding which was welcomed by Glasgow Kelvin MSP, Sandra White:
“Today’s announcement yet again demonstrates the foresight and pro-activeness of this Scottish Government. We all know the challenges our NHS faces each winter, when an inevitable spike in ill health puts greater strain on our emergency services, so I have no doubt this funding will be most welcome.
“Of this additional £10m I am delighted to see that 22.34% is coming to Glasgow, which works out as an additional £2,099,719 being invested in our front line services. By providing this funding in advance allows for greater preparations and enables our fantastic NHS staff as much assistance as is possible for the challenging winter months ahead.”