Health and social care services in Highland are to receive an additional £39,435 from the SNP Government to support the local response to the Coronavirus pandemic and prepare for winter.

The extra funding has been allocated to help local services meet COVID-19 related costs such as additional staffing or sickness expenditure, enhanced infection prevention and control measures, and the purchase of PPE.

Welcoming the news, SNP MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Fergus Ewing said:

“Coronavirus is the single greatest public health crisis of our lifetimes, and in recent months our health and social care sector has been there to protect us.

“As we approach winter, I know that NHS Highland are rightly making preparations to ensure services are ready for the months ahead. The SNP Government is taking action to ensure local services have the capacity to deal with Coronavirus and the wider pressures of the colder seasons.

“From consultants to cleaners, carers to nurses, hospital porters to delivery drivers; thousands of people across the Highland region have been working tirelessly in our health service to keep us safe and overcome the challenges of this pandemic.

“As your local MSP, I want to send every one of you my sincere and grateful thanks. While this is a tough time for all of us, let’s not forget that by continuing to work together, we will beat this virus.”


Details of allocations for NHS Boards and Integration Authorities are set out in the following table:


  Health Board HSCP Total
£000s £000s £000s
NHS Ayrshire & Arran      22,435    16,425      38,860
NHS Borders       8,336     3,070      11,406
NHS Dumfries & Galloway      11,101     7,644      18,745
NHS Fife      22,540    16,424      38,965
NHS Forth Valley      16,093    13,499      29,592
NHS Grampian      36,389    20,148      56,537
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde    102,436    67,272    169,708
NHS Highland      23,985    15,450      39,435
NHS Lanarkshire      40,018    32,500      72,518
NHS Lothian      60,094    29,359      89,452
NHS Orkney       2,554     1,160       3,714
NHS Shetland       3,135       799       3,934
NHS Tayside      31,809    20,601      52,410
NHS Western Isles       2,583       902       3,485
NHS National Services Scotland    397,008  –    397,008
NHS Education Scotland       8,970  –       8,970
NHS 24      14,201  –      14,201
Scottish Ambulance Service      18,330  –      18,330
Golden Jubilee       9,103  –       9,103
State Hospital       1,602  –       1,602
Public Health Scotland      11,227  –      11,227
Healthcare Improvement Scotland         622  –         622
Total    844,571   245,254   1,089,826