David Stewart has welcomed the Heath Secretary’s announcement this afternoon scrapping NHS Highland’s outstanding brokerage deal

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister David Stewart has welcomed the Heath Secretary’s announcement this afternoon scrapping NHS Highland’s outstanding brokerage deal – previous Scottish Government loans which the health authority received to try to balance its budget.

“It is clear that there were underlying trends which caused budget problems for the health authority such as costs on adult social care, an overspend on drugs and the requirement to employ locums,” explained Mr Stewart.

“I also support the plans to allow NHS Highland to break even over a three-year period, instead of one.

“This is better news for the health service which is really struggling to balance the books and may give a bit of respite to hard pressed front-line staff and help patient services.”