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Funding for primary care trusts set to rise by 5.5 per cent

Primary care trusts are to receive a 5.5 per cent increase in fundingover the next two years, Health Secretary Alan Johnson announced on 8December 2008

Primary care trusts are to receive a 5.5 per cent increase in funding over the next two years, Health Secretary Alan Johnson announced on 8 December 2008.

The increase in funding for England means there will now be an average of £1,612 available per person in 2010–11 compared with £426 in 1996–97.

PCTs will have greater control over the funding because more than 80 per cent of the total NHS budget will be allocated directly to them so that they can tailor services to local needs.

Mr Johnson also outlined the top five NHS priorities. These include improving cleanliness and tackling healthcare associated infection and reducing health inequalities.

Other priorities are improving access to care, as well as improving patient experience, and staff satisfaction and engagement. Preparation for a state of emergency, including an influenza pandemic, is also listed.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043394

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