Highlands & Islands

NHS Highland to take £3m of government funding early

NHS Highland is to take £3m of Scottish government funding meant for next year early.

The health board's chairman Gary Coutts said using the money early would help to prevent having to make difficult cost cutting.

NHS Highland is facing a potential overspend of just under £2m in the current financial year.

However, its senior management expect the health board to be able to break even.

On Monday, NHS Highland told MSPs it could have been forced to cancel operations and cut services if the Scottish government had not given it £2.5m in a deal last year.

Its senior managers met with the Scottish Parliament's public audit committee in Inverness to update MSPs on the health board's finances.

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