Health boards in Scotland face £85 million shortfall

Health boards in Scotland face real-terms budget cuts worth £85 million, according to the Scottish Labour Party.

The party has released figures showing that 3.15 per cent budget increases handed to most boards for 2008/9 mean that allocations have fallen in real terms against inflation of 4.4 per cent.

Shadow health secretary Margaret Curran said: ‘The Scottish National Party took a deliberate decision to put less money into the health service than Labour. Now we are seeing the consequences.’

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