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Scotland: £300m to increase NHS and social care capacity this winter

22 November 2021

The Scottish Government has unveiled an investment of over £300m in hospital and community care.

The extra funding will help tackle what is predicted to be ‘the toughest winter the NHS and social care system has ever faced’.

The money will attempt to ‘maximise capacity’ in hospitals and primary care, ‘reduce delayed discharges, improve pay for social care staff, and ensure those in the community who need support receive effective and responsive care’.

The additional funding includes more than £60m for care at home services; recruiting 1000 additional NHS staff; and £4m to help staff with practical and emotional needs.

Health secretary Humza Yousaf said: ‘We cannot look at the NHS in isolation. We must take a whole systems approach, and these measures will help alleviate pressure across the NHS and social care.’

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