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Scottish government gives NHS boards £9m to improve A&E

Scottish government gives NHS boards £9m to improve A&E

The Scottish government has allocated £9 million of the £50m Unscheduled Care Fund, so all boards can “review and refresh” their plans for A&E performance
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The Scottish government has allocated £9 million of the £50m Unscheduled Care Fund, so all boards can “review and refresh” their plans for A&E performance.

In Scotland representatives from the Royal Colleges, the NHS and Integrated Joint Board chief officers met with the health secretary this week to officially launch the latest A&E action plan.

Health secretary Shona Robison said: “Addressing A&E performance cannot be seen in isolation, which is why we must look at the whole system, and these actions depend on a number of partners across the health and social care system working together. As part of this we have appointed national improvement officers who will liaise directly with the locally appointed teams to provide a coordinated, flexible and combined performance and improvement support.”

This is part of the £100m that the Scottish government vowed to invest in the NHS in January, primarily to tackle delayed discharge from hospital, to benefit patients, free up beds and ease the pressure on A&E.

Robison said: “As weekly A&E performance figures show, we are seeing improvements across the country, with 93.5% of people seen and treated within four hours at core A&E sites. This is the best performance since weekly reporting began in February… it is now crucial that, with on-going support from the Scottish government, health boards sustain the improvement seen since the winter and move towards the world leading targets we have in place.”

When the government originally announced the £100m funding package, they said £30 million will be invested in 2015/16, while £35 million will be allocated in 2016/17 and again in 2017/18.

Allocation breakdown by board (in pounds, to nearest pound)
·       NHS Ayrshire and Arran: 602,486

·       NHS Borders: 175,174

·       NHS Dumfries and Galloway: 226,113

·       NHS Fife: 501,639

·       NHS Forth Valley: 402,760

·       NHS Grampian: 705,101

·       NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde: 1,672,341

·       NHS Highland: 478,339

·       NHS Lanarkshire: 911,762

·       NHS Lothian: 1,088,250

·       NHS Orkney: 40,089

·       NHS Shetland: 39,899

·       NHS Tayside: 591,914

·       NHS Western Isles: 53,295

·       Scottish Ambulance Service: 235,000

·       NHS 24: 166,000

·       Centralised targeted funding: 1,100,000
Total: 8,990,162

 

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