NHS Expenditure

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 23rd March 2007.

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Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Question S2W-32690

To ask the Scottish Executive how it determined the amount of funding for wheelchairs and wheelchair users announced on 16 March 2007 and whether it considers that 1 million is sufficient.

Photo of Lewis Macdonald Lewis Macdonald Labour

The further 1 million interim funding announced on 16 March 2007 is to allow the service in the short term to build on the improvements already made in reducing waiting times as a result of the additional 1.9 million interim funding in 2005-06. It is expected that the Spending Review, which will take place later this year, will consider what increased resources might be made available to address the recommendations from the independent review of wheelchair and seating services in relation to the longer term needs of those services.

The Executives response to the review emphasises the need for boards also to address the recommendations at local level.

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