Despite Brexit EU Provides £37 million PPE Award for NHS Scotland

With funding of more than £37 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scotland’s response to the epidemic has been boosted. 

In the face of sustained strong worldwide demand, the award to NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) helped secure tens of millions of pieces of personal protective equipment. 

With the award, millions of personal protective equipment (PPE) items were acquired, critical supplies that were used to protect NHS workers while they treated patients and saved lives in communities across the UK. 

The funding was authorized by the Scottish Government, which manages the ERDF program, at the end of May in recognition of the unusual circumstances that arose during the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

While Scotland may no longer be a member of the EU, the UK remains eligible for its full allocation of structural and other EU subsidies from the 2014-2020 budget round under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. 

Projects funded in this cycle do not have to be finished by the end of 2020, and funding claims for EU-funded projects can be made until the end of 2023.