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Scottish Government announces funding boost to meet NHS winter pressures

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Will extra cash be enough to stave off a winter crisis in the NHS in Scotland?

Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced an additional £5m to support winter planning across the NHS in Scotland.

Although she said the Scottish NHS was well placed for winter, Ms Robison conceded that there was no room for complacency, and that the new money would give health boards and their partners an extra boost.

The money is in addition to funds already allocated to tackling waiting times for treatment and A&E waits. Some of it will be used to pay for additional staff to allow more patients to be discharged at weekends.

Further information

Scottish Government: £5m more to support NHS winter plans