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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13667: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on statements by NHS Tayside that the Scottish Government is reducing spending on health improvement and that this "is counterproductive in achieving the national indicators".

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 11 January 2018

The Scottish Government's draft budget 2018-19 increases the health resource budget by more than £400 million, taking it to a record high of over £13.1 billion and providing an additional investment in our frontline NHS Boards of 3.7%. The budget includes a continued focus on early intervention and prevention including an additional £20 million in alcohol and drugs treatment and support services. This is in addition to our consultation on a new diet and obesity strategy and the measures we are progressing to limit marketing on products high in fat, sugar and salt, which disproportionately contribute to ill health and obesity.