SNP MSP Christina McKelvie has heralded the record health funding allocated to NHS Lanarkshire for the coming year and has said it demonstrates how only the SNP can be trusted to protect Scotland’s NHS.

The local health board has been given a record budget of £1,346,800 for 2022/23 to recover after the dreadful impact of the pandemic.

To help with that recovery, NHS Lanarkshire also has record numbers of staff under the SNP, with 3170 Whole Time Equivalent staff, an increase of 34.2% compared to the previous year.

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Commenting, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Christina McKelvie said:

“We always appreciate the hard work and dedication of our NHS staff at NHS Lanarkshire but never more so than over the past two years and the SNP Scottish Government has recognised that by providing them with record funding for 2022/23.

“This will go a long way in ensuring that Lanarkshire is well on its way to recovery from the pandemic.

“In Scotland, we have the most well-funded NHS per person and the highest paid healthcare staff in the UK. The SNP Scottish Government recognised the hard work and effort of NHS workers by giving them the biggest pay rise in the history of devolution.

“It is only the SNP that can be trusted with the future of our health service. On May 5 the people of Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse can send a message that the future of our NHS cannot be trusted to the Tories.”