Extra £3.6m for NHS Fife in 2015/16

Shona Robison
Shona Robison

The Scottish Government has confirmed NHS Fife is to receive an extra £3.6m of funding in 2015/16.

The money is part of the additional £65m for health boards announced by Health Secretary Shona Robison last week.

A specific allocation of £1.5m will bring the health board to within one per cent of parity, under the NHS funding formula, a year earlier than planned.

NHS Fife will also receive an additional £2.1m specifically to address pressures such as the rising cost of new drugs.

The announcement of additional funding brings the total uplift for NHS Fife for next year to £17.5m.

Ms Robison said: “Despite Scotland’s fiscal resource budget being slashed in real terms by 10 per cent by Westminster since 2010, we’ve increased the health resource budget by 4.6 per cent in real terms.

“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 increases the resources available and will help alleviate these pressures, ensuring our NHS can continue to deliver effective and sustainable care to patients across Fife.”

Through the additional £65m that has been announced all territorial health boards will receive an average uplift of 3.4 per cent in the next financial year.