Jackie Baillie has branded the Scottish Government’s Long Covid fund “too little, too late”, after it was revealed that for all but one Health Board this is the only dedicated support they’ve received so far, 18 months after the start of the pandemic.
Information obtained by FOI revealed that NHS Shetland was the only Health Board to have received any dedicated funding to help treat Long Covid.
Campaigners have been calling for support for specialist Long Covid treatment since the debilitating condition emerged at the start of the pandemic, but after a year and a half Health Boards are still waiting to learn what their share of the recently-announced £10 million budget will be, with only Shetland having received any extra funding to date.
Commenting, Scottish Labour’s Health and Covid Recovery spokesperson Jackie Baillie said: “That not a single health board has been supported to set up a dedicated clinic or given adequate guidance on clinical pathways is depressing and that only Shetland has received any additional funding to deal with Long Covid is a scandal.
“For the hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland suffering from Long Covid, this paltry new funding from the government is just too little, too late.”