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DISTRIBUTION OF EXTRA CASH FOR THE NHS THIS YEAR

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Health secretary Frank Dobson has today announced how much extra cash each NHS region in England will receive this ...
Health secretary Frank Dobson has today announced how much extra cash each NHS region in England will receive this year as a result of the prime minister s announcement last week of an extra

£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.

This is the latest in a series of announcements outlining the

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

health authorities.

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

England.

'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

most needed.

'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

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