The SNP has slashed winter resilience funding for the Scottish NHS, new figures highlighted by local MSP Jackie Baillie have revealed.

Just £5 million is being made available to local NHS boards as part of winter resilience funding this year, down from £12 million last year. 


This year’s allocation has been slashed by £462,993 in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde while the funding in NHS Highland is down by £133,144.

The SNP government initially offered £9 million in 2016, but consistent Labour pressure led to an additional £3 million for the Scottish NHS. 

The cut of £7 million comes at a time of crisis for the NHS, with the latest board papers in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde revealing soaring waiting times for orthopaedic surgery, missed targets for cancer referrals and other key services under pressure.

Jackie said:

“It is extremely disappointing to see the winter resilience funding slashed by over £100,000 in NHS Highland and almost £500,000 in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


“Local NHS services are already under pressure and waiting times have continued to rise throughout the summer months. Every year when the winter weather kicks in there is a surge in demand and our NHS will struggle to cope unless it gets the funding it needs.


“We know that health boards and NHS staff are working hard to put in place robust winter resilience plans but how are they going to manage with even less money from the SNP Government?


“Shona Robison must rethink this cut and provide the funding necessary to allow our doctors and nurses to treat patients this winter.”




Winter resilience funding announced by the Scottish Government

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