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Scottish spending boost from £5.4 billion winter fund for NHS

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extra funding for the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland based on the Barnett formula. Scotland, with a larger population, is expected to receive the largest share although the Department of Health issued no details and said the final amount will be confirmed and allocated in the current financial year.The Scottish Government can spend the money on its own priorities although First Minister Nicola Sturgeon faces pressure on what her government is doing to tackle the huge backlog across the NHS in Scotland after a shock report revealed more than 500,000 people are waiting to be seen.Official statistics released last week showed that as of June 30, a total of 396,771 Scots were waiting to see a specialist for.

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