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S5W-22768: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it provides for mental health support services that are designed specifically for ex-service personnel and their families, and what proportion of this is spent in the NHS Grampian area.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 2 May 2019

Through commissioning arrangements with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the Scottish Government provides Combat Stress with £1.4 million per annum to deliver specialist mental health treatment for Veterans in Scotland.

In 2019-20, NHS Grampian will receive the highest uplift of any Board for the second year running with £28.1 million increased investment and a share of £392 million to go towards improving patient outcomes. This takes the Board’s overall funding to £957.9 million in 2019-20. Within its overall uplift of 3.1%, NHS Grampian will receive a £4.2 million share of additional parity funding, which ensures it is no further than 0.8% from target share of funding.

With this record funding available to NHS Grampian, we expect them to make future funding decisions that reflects the needs of their own local population and that of veterans.