Date lodged: 20 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how the Budget is providing support for health services.
Answered by: Shona Robison 6 March 2018
The Scottish Government’s Budget for 2018-19 increases funding for health services in Scotland by more than £400 million to £13.1 billion, with frontline NHS Boards receiving an uplift of 3.7%. This uplift includes £175 million additional investment in reform, which recognises the increasing demand and expectations placed upon frontline services.
The Budget supports a further shift in the share of the frontline NHS budget dedicated to mental health and to primary, community, and social care, in line with our commitment that more than half of frontline spending will be in community health services by the end of this Parliament. For example, we are investing £110 million in 2018-19 to support the implementation of the new GP contract and wider primary care reform.
The Budget also supports progress in our £200 million commitment to expand the Golden Jubilee Hospital and develop five elective care centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Livingston.