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Funding boost for primary care

Jo Carlowe

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

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Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced a 2.8% increase in the government’s allocation to primary care.

Speaking today, the health secretary said the NHS would get over £2.5 billion to provide services for patients in 2012-13.

Next year, £91.6 billion will go direct to Primary Care Trusts – a 2.8% increase in total allocations, he said.

He said this represents a ‘real-terms’ increase in health spending.

The £91.6bn will be broken down as follows: £87.5 billion for allocations to Primary Care Trusts to provide care for local patients. This includes £300m for reablement services to help give people the community care to become more independent after being in hospital. This is double the £150m invested in 2011/12. And £4.1 billion will be invested in dental and eye care, pharmaceutical services and support for joint working between health and social care.

“I am committed to the NHS and to services for patients. We are continuing to meet our commitment to increase the NHS budget in real terms. This will mean a £2.5bn increase next year,” said Mr Lansley.

“The extra investment gives Primary Care Trusts a strong platform to sustain and improve NHS services for patients. But despite this extra spending, the NHS must still strive to get the best value out of every penny it spends to meet rising demand and continue to improve results for patients.”

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