Yesterday Derek MacKay announced the Scottish Government’s fiscal plans for the coming year. Amongst it were some key announcements in regards to healthcare;
A healthcare funding increase of £400m, bringing the the total funding to £13Bn.
£17m more funding for mental health care, with a promise to deliver 800 new mental health support workers.
£550m to support social care delivery via Integrated joint boards.
£110m to be invested in the reform of primary care services.
Another key announcement, welcomed across our group was the promise of public sector pay rises;
3% for those earning less than £30,000 per annum.
2% for those earning above £30,000.
A £1,600 cap rise for those earning above £80,000.
In his announcement Mr MacKay also reiterated the government’s commitment to the roll out of Franks’s Law; the guarantee of free personal care regardless of age by 2019, which will benefit around 9,000 families in Scotland every year.
The budget seeks to underpin the SNP’s commitment to a funding increase of £2Bn for healthcare over the course of the current parliament.