Glasgow & West Scotland

West of Scotland health boards awarded extra £21m

Health boards in the west of Scotland have been awarded £21m extra funding in the next financial year to cope with rising patient numbers and drug costs.

The Scottish government cash, for 2015/16, is part of an extra £65m for all health boards announced on Sunday.

NHS Lanarkshire will receive an extra £9.6m under the settlement.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran has been given an extra £3.2m. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - Scotland's largest health board - has been awarded an extra £8.3m.

The funding is also designed to give health boards "uplifts", which are at least 1% above the rate of inflation.

The £9.6m brings NHS Lanarkshire's total uplift next year to £35.8m.

The total uplift for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde amounts to £54m, while the figure for NHS Ayrshire and Arran is £16.6m.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: "Our NHS services face challenges as a result of the increase in patients, with more complex illnesses, and the rising costs of expensive new drugs.

"This additional investment will help alleviate these pressures, ensuring our NHS can continue to deliver effective and sustainable care to patients."

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