Local MSP Colin Beattie has welcomed record investment in Scotland’s NHS, including £1,639.3 million for NHS Lothian
The Scottish Government Budget confirmed £18 billion for Health and Social Care, including £12.9 billion for health boards through the pandemic and to accelerate the recovery of vital services.
The Budget also supports the creation of a new National Care Service - the single greatest public health reform since the establishment of the NHS.
Scotland’s Finance Secretary Kate Forbes also outlined:
Coin Beattie MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh said:
“The Scottish Government’s Budget commits £18 billion for Health and Social Care this year - that’s the highest investment in the history of the Scottish Parliament.
“Prioritising the NHS was a key commitment of the SNP in May’s election, so I’m delighted to see the SNP Scottish Government delivering on this commitment despite a challenging financial outlook.
“In NHS Lothian, the Scottish Government has committed £1,639.3 million to NHS Lothian- an increase of £69.8 million on last year’s Budget.
“This year, Scotland’s block grant has no Covid consequentials from the UK government - meaning when Covid spending is included, our budget decreased from last year. Prioritising Health and Social Care is absolutely the right thing to do - but it means difficult decisions elsewhere in Scotland’s budget.
“Scotland doesn’t have the powers to borrow for our pandemic response under Westminster control, so the UK government must now deliver new money to aid Scotland’s fight against Covid.”