A north-east MP has urged the SNP government to ensure that NHS Grampian gets its fair share from a £2 billion budget boost.
Scotland is set to receive the cash after an extra £20bn was announced by the UK Government on healthcare.
Under the Barnett formula for distributing public spending, Scotland would receive a £2bn share – but the funds are not ring-fenced for health, meaning the Scottish Government could spend the money in any area.
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie hailed the “huge commitment” on health spending, and said it must be channelled directly into NHS Scotland.
He said: “Nicola Sturgeon must commit to spending every penny of that on the Scottish NHS.
“Our doctors and nurses do a tremendous job, but Grampian receives a poor funding settlement compared to other areas and has faced major challenges recruiting and retaining staff.”
SNP MSP Maureen Watt said: “We welcome the fact that the UK Government is now following the SNP’s lead and considering fairer taxation to fund the NHS.”