Funding for the NHS in Scotland will rise to a record £8.4bn, health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The revenue funds for 2010-11 amount to a 2.7 per cent increase and will help “prioritise” spending on frontline services.

Each board will receive a minimum increase of 2.5 per cent, while some boards, including Lanarkshire, Grampian and Lothian, will get more to meet local health needs.

Other boards, such as the Scottish Ambulance Service and advice service NHS 24, will get an increase of 2.15 per cent.

Ms Sturgeon said: “This above-inflation increase in revenue funding to NHS boards across Scotland in these difficult economic times underlines the Scottish government’s unshakeable commitment to our publicly funded mutual health service.

“It means health boards will have the resources they need to progress their plans and ensure that patients continue to be put at the heart of the NHS.”

The announcement comes just over a month after MSPs agreed the £30bn Scottish budget for next year.

The overall health budget will rise in 2010-11 by 2.4 per cent to £11.35bn, the Scottish government said.

Funds not allocated for NHS revenue will support family health services, capital programmes and projects to meet national targets.