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Scottish NHS boards awarded record £8.64bn funding

10 February 2009

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NHS boards in Scotland have been given a share of a record £8.64bn in funding.

The Scottish government has allocated £11bn to the NHS, meaning boards will be able to use their share over the next year to move their projects forward.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) said: “This record funding for NHS boards across Scotland underlines this government’s commitment to our publicly-owned health service.

“It means health boards will have the resources they need to progress their plans and offer a first-class service to patients across Scotland.”

NHS capital projects including buildings, IT and equipment will receive nearly £385m, while day-to-day running of services have been costed into the budget. The remaining money will be used for GP centres, family health services and to provide new medical equipment.

Ms Sturgeon added: “With around a third of the entire Scottish budget being spent by NHS Scotland, the health service has a vital role to play in helping our country through the tough times and on the road to economic recovery.”

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