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Budget: Protecting public services

Published: 16 Dec 2015 12:28

Supporting the most significant health and care reform since creation of NHS.

The NHS is set to see an additional quarter of a billion pounds investment to transform health and social care, as reforming and protecting public services was put at the heart of today's budget.

The announcement is part of measures outlined in the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2016/17 to protect public services and to pursue ambitious reform. The Scottish Government wants to continue with this programme of reform, in tandem with continued investment in our public services,

The £250 million will support the integration of health and social care and build the capacity of community-based services. It is part of an extra £500 million for health boards, making a record total of just under £13 billion for health spending.

The revenue budget for the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) will increase by £17.6 million - the first instalment in providing protection to the frontline policing revenue budget in real terms in every year of the next Parliament. This is a boost of £100 million over the period.

Police officer numbers will be retained at 1,000 higher than in 2007.

The 2016/17 budget has supported public services through:

  • Reinvesting all health consequentials passed on from the UK Government in Scottish health spending in full
  • An extra £50 million for mental health over the next five years – increasing the mental health fund from £100 million to £150 million.
  • An additional £25 million investment in improvements to primary and community care, helping to support multidisciplinary teams to work in GP practices. This takes the total extra funding for primary care in 2016/17 to £45 million.
  • A £200 million investment over the next five years in six new diagnostic and treatment centres
  • Supporting a new cancer plan, focusing on prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, and care after treatment.
  • Delivering a strong but challenging financial settlement for local government which will be strengthened by our joint working on health and social care integration and on improving educational attainment.
  • £55 million to support a new phase of change and transformation funding for the police – now that the initial consolidation phase of reform is largely complete.
  • Ensuring the third sector continues to play a key role in the support provided to communities and in the delivery of public services by protecting the core budget of the third sector within government.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"People in Scotland are living longer lives – something we should all celebrate. But it does bring with it greater demands on our health system, which is why we have planned carefully and brought forward reforms that bring together health and social care for the first time. This is the most significant reform in health and care since the creation of the NHS in Scotland in 1948.

"These crucial changes can ensure that fewer people have to be treated in hospital. When hospital care is necessary and appropriate, we can make sure people spend less time in hospital and are able to go home more quickly.

"There is extra funding for primary care and mental health, and a significant investment in six new diagnostic and treatment centres. It will help us to better care for people, help meet the extra demand on our acute services and transform our healthcare system to better meet the needs of the future."

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said:

"Our country is a safer place under this Government, with crime at a 41-year low, violent crime down by over half since 2006-07 and homicides at their lowest levels since records began.

"But in these uncertain times, with global terrorism and violent extremism on the rise, protecting our vital frontline is more important than ever before. This budget is the first instalment in protecting the frontline policing revenue budget in real terms in every year of the next Parliament – a boost of £100 million.

"In addition to maintaining 1,000 additional police officers, the Draft Budget also provides £55 million in 2016-17 for a new phase of change and transformation funding for police, now that the initial consolidation phase of reform is largely complete. This will allow continued investment to ensure our police service is ready to meet future demands."

Notes to editors

Full budget document