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Scottish government announces new funding for specialist nurses

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An extra £2.5m will be invested in specialist nursing and care, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced today.

The first allocation of the new funding package, £700,000, will go towards nursing care and support for those with motor-neurone disease, she said.

The Scottish Government said it would be engaging with patient groups via a short review of specialist nursing provision to determine where the remaining funding would be best targeted.

Ms Sturgeon said: “The Scottish Government recognises the vital role the targeted use specialist nurses play in patient care.

“This £2.5m will go towards funding these specialist posts and make sure that everyone who requires care, has access to the highest standards in every setting, their own home, a care home or hospital.

Ms Sturgeon said the first allocation of £700,000 for motor neurone disease specialist nursing would be “sufficient to fund all MND specialist nurses working in the NHS from the public purse, and to double their number”.

MND support has been championed by many, not least by Gordon Aikman and his inspiring campaign to raise awareness of the condition.

Patient campaigner Gordon Aikman welcomed the announcement. Mr Aitken has led a campaign to champion support for those with motor-neurone disease and raise awareness of the condition.  

He said: “I am delighted. This will transform the lives of Scottish MND patients, including me.

“This is a victory for the thousands of supporters who demanded action through GordonsFightback.com, MSPs from across the political spectrum, and the First Minister who answered the call for change.”

How the remaining consequential money will be spent will be announced in “due course”, said the Scottish Government.

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