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Health services in the north east face huge cuts

NHS Grampian said much of the rise in costs was due to pay awards

Health services in the north east of Scotland are facing huge cuts because of a funding shortfall.

NHS Grampian has said despite receiving almost £23m of new money, it will still need to save about £34m.

The health board has admitted it will be extremely difficult for it to achieve the efficiencies.

But it said it would be working very hard along, with dedicated staff, to ensure there was no compromise in the key areas of patient care or safety.

NHS Grampian will receive £22.8m of extra money but it is facing additional costs of £56.8m.

A large chunk of that expense is down to pay awards.

However, it expects to spend more than £6m extra on drugs.

Health union Unison said it recognised the difficulties the health board faced and would work with it to try and ensure jobs and frontline services were protected.

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