Revenue increase for NHS Tayside

NHS Tayside has received an increase in its initial allocation for 2014/15 of £16 million, equivalent to 2.5 percent, which will provide opportunities to further improve the health and healthcare of the people of Tayside.

Total funding amounts to £645 million.

NHS Tayside director of finance Ian McDonald welcomed confirmation of the initial revenue resource and capital allocations announced by the Cabinet Secretary on Monday.

He said: “The capital allocation of £18.5 million which includes a 14.2 per cent increase in formula capital will allow us to invest in medical equipment, information management technology and maintain existing assets as well as supporting a number of major capital developments.”

Health Secretary Alex Neil commented: “The Scottish Government is committed to protecting spending on health, and this budget allocation reflects an increase in real terms for every territorial health board across Scotland.

“This demonstrates our excellent record of protecting investment in our NHS. By 2015-16 there will be an increase in resource spending of £2.1 billion since 2007 and between 2010/11 and 2015/16 the resource budget will have risen by 2.2 per cent in real terms.

“However, it is right that, despite protected budgets, the NHS is as efficient as possible with taxpayers’ money.”