PAISLEY’S MSP ASKS WHAT ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SECTOR DURING CONTINUED COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Paisley’s MSP asked the Scottish Government what further funding will be made available to support additional COVID-19 spending across health and social care services and is delighted by the response.

As a long-time advocate for the Health and Social Care sector and determined to make sure his constituents have access to the best services possible, George Adam asked the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, how the Scottish Government will continue to make sure our health services can weather the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and was not disappointed by the response.

In response to his question, Jeane Freeman announced a further £1.1 billion package of support to ensure the NHS and the social care sector can effectively handle additional COVID pressures in 2020-21. This follows the Scottish Government’s detailed review of financial implications across the sector, and ensures that frontline health and care services continue to receive the support they need.

Of that £1.1 billion, over £102 million will be allocated to the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board with nearly £68 million going to the area’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

Paisley’s MSP said:

“I am delighted to hear a further package of support will be made available to the health and social care sector as I know this will irreparably change lives across Scotland and make sure our vital frontline services can continue to perform at peak levels.

“This mammoth amount of funding is a testament to the Scottish Government’s people focussed agenda and how they are doing all they can to make sure we get through this pandemic as safely and successfully as possible.

“I’ve said it before but I would like to again pay tribute to all health and social care staff for their heroic efforts to overcome the many challenges presented by this pandemic – they are a credit to our health service, their communities, and their country. “As we approach winter and all the challenges the change of season brings, I know this funding will be a lifeline as we continue to safely restart the NHS services paused by the pandemic and make preparations for the wider pressures of the winter season.”