£300m for the NHS -£269m for the NHS in England. Mr Dobson has also announced that each region will get the services of a
specially nominated health minister to make sure that the money goes
where it is most needed.
government's strategy both for coping with this year's winter
pressures and for investing in long-term stability within the NHS.
The regions have until 7th November to agree their allocations to the
Mr Dobson said today:
'Last week, the prime minister announced a£300m boost for the
NHS in the United Kingdom -£269m for England. Today I can
spell out how much that extra money means for every region in
'As we confirmed last week, this money will be specifically targeted
at tackling emergency admissions and waiting lists in ways which will
help the NHS not just this winter but in years to come as well. As we
confirmed last week, this funding will also help try to restrain the
projected increase in waiting lists and make up the shortfall in
funding for family health services.
'The new money will lay the foundations for long term stability in
each region by:
-- helping hospitals cope with medical emergencies, for example, by improving staffing levels at times of peak pressures and through services opening extra hours
-- reducing delays in discharging patients, for example, by improving rehabilitation and recuperation services and funding increased care at home, extra nursing home places and more social services support
-- reducing the need for people to be admitted to hospital in the first place, by strengthening primary and community services, by providing more specialist nursing and therapy for people - particularly old people - in their own homes, nursing and residential homes and through improved continence and out of hours services.
'This is not just a short term cash injection, it is an investment in
each region for the long term. It will be a catalyst for developing
innovative and imaginative new ways of working which will serve the
NHS well in future years.
'Regional directors can now start agreeing with their health
authorities the ground rules for allocating this money. I expect them
to draw on the expert advice available to them, and to target areas
with particular problems where special support is needed.
'I have asked my four ministerial colleagues to each take
responsibility for two of the eight English regions, and to work with
the regional directors there to ensure the money goes where it is
'I should also make it clear that although the money is designed to
ease pressures this winter, I expect it to be used to oil the wheels
of co-operation between health and social services authorities so
that the whole system will run more smoothlyand effectively not just
this winter, but for many winters to come.'
The regions, their allocations of extra money, and their nominated
Ministers are as follows:-
REGION ALLOCATION MINISTER
Northern & Yorkshire £20,849,000 Baroness Margaret Jay
Trent £16,071,000 Tessa Jowell
Anglia & Oxford £15,174,000 Paul Boateng
North Thames £24,251,000 Alan Milburn
South Thames £22,984,000 Alan Milburn
South and West £20,547,000 Baroness Margaret Jay
West Midlands £16,705,000 Paul Boateng
North West £22,418,000 Tessa Jowell