NHS Borders is handed an extra £700,000

Scottish Ambulance Service vehicle outside the Border General Hospital in The Scottish Borders.
Scottish Ambulance Service vehicle outside the Border General Hospital in The Scottish Borders.

The Scottish Government has today confirmed NHS Borders is to receive an extra £737,000 of funding in 2015/16.

The money is part of the additional £65m for health boards announced by the health secretary, Shona Robison, yesterday.

NHS Borders will receive an additional £737,000 specifically to address pressures such as the rising cost of new drugs.

The announcement of additional funding brings the total uplift for NHS Borders for next year to £4.4m.

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 of £4.4m increases the resources available to NHS Borders and will help alleviate these pressures, ensuring our NHS can continue to deliver effective and sustainable care to patients in the area.”