Extra funding given to NHS Forth Valley to help with pandemic

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In light of increasing outbreaks across the Forth Valley area, and Stirling University students testing positive for COVID, the Scottish Government has announced an additional £29,592 in funding support

Health and social care services in Forth Valley are to receive an additional £29,592 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. 

The funding comes as Scotland as a whole is set to receive a £1.1 billion pound infusion across its health and social care sector to aid the combat of COVID-19.

With a spike in positive cases emerging from increased socialisation over the last month, and positive test results emerging from Stirling University’s campus, one must wonder why it was not theorised in advance that there would be a spike given recent returns to University, Eat out to Help out schemes, and individuals returning to work in various sectors.

Still, it is a welcome boost to the fight against COVID on a financial level. The effectiveness of the funding will determine on where it is allocated and how it is used.

Welcoming the news, SNP MSP for the Stirling Constituency, Bruce Crawford 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, 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 Forth Valley have been working tirelessly in our health service to keep us safe and overcome the challenges of this pandemic. 

“I want to send everyone involved in delivering health care on the front line of the battle to tackle this pandemic my sincere 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.” 

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