Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has hit out at the SNP Government for short-changing NHS Dumfries and Galloway to the tune of £15m.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP highlighted new figures which showed the SNP Government have not passed on health budget increases down to local health boards.
Despite the overall health budget increasing by 5.3%, there has only been a 3.5% increase applied to NHS Dumfries and Galloway.
Their budget for next year will be £299m, but if the 5.3% increase had been passed on by the SNP Government, NHS Dumfries and Galloway would have had £314m to spend on delivering care across the region.
Mr Carson believes it is yet further evidence of the SNP Government failing to provide the resources that rural communities need to deliver for patients.
He also called on SNP South of Scotland MSP Emma Harper to challenge her colleagues to deliver real resources for NHS Dumfries and Galloway rather than spinning a positive record.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “Our health board and staff across NHS Dumfries and Galloway do a wonderful job delivering care throughout the region on a daily basis.
“That is why they deserve to be properly supported and resourced, yet now we see the SNP Government are short-changing the health board by £15 million.
“That deficit in funding could have been used to fund much needed frontline staff, help health services reach our remotest rural communities and ease the burden on accident and emergency services.
“Instead, our health board has to deliver the same high quality level of service under even greater financial strain.
“The SNP Government have been in charge of our health service for 12 years, yet still do not understand the particular requirements for our rural communities.
“It is time for SNP MSP’s like Emma Harper to challenge their colleagues in government rather continually defend their Government and painting a rosy picture of our failing health services.”