NHS funds boost to beat drug price

PIC LISA FERGUSON 05/07/2014'The Queens Baton and Alex Salmond vist the Team Scotland Camp at Stilrling Universtity''Shona Robinson
PIC LISA FERGUSON 05/07/2014'The Queens Baton and Alex Salmond vist the Team Scotland Camp at Stilrling Universtity''Shona Robinson

Health Secretary Shona Robinson has confirmed NHS Borders is to receive an extra £737,000 of funding in 2015/16.

NHS Borders will receive an additional £737,000 specifically to address pressures such as the rising cost of new drugs. NHS Borders will now get an overall additional £4.4 million for the next year.

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.”

Sheena MacDonald, NHS Borders medical director said: “NHS Borders welcomes the additional financial support for 2015/16 that will allow us to continue to deliver high quality services to the people of the Borders. In particular, this boost will help us meet the increasing challenges of meeting the health needs of our population, the costs of drugs and other treatments. It will also allow us to build on our approaches to promote the health and well being of all.”