NHS Scotland invests £10m to tackle winter pressures

£10 million will be invested across Scotland to help with winter pressures.

The funding, which has been allocated to health boards, is in addition to the £6.3 million previously allocated for unscheduled care.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said “Winter creates particular pressures on our health and social care system, so it’s important that we are well prepared.”

“Our £10 million investment will support boards as well as health and social care to put appropriate steps in place – particularly to make sure people are discharged in a timely way when it’s safe to do so, and that the right staff are in place throughout the system.”

“However, this requires more than just investment – we need strong leadership and collaborative working across the whole system to ensure people are getting the right help in the right place. We are already seeing examples of integration making a difference and we are focused on increasing the pace of this across Scotland.”

Breakdown of winter funding allocations 2019-20

Health BoardWinter Planning Allocation 
Ayrshire & Arran0.710
Dumfries & Galloway0.285
Forth Valley0.521
Greater Glasgow & Clyde2.139
Western Isles0.063