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Government confirms frontline funding boost for NHS

14th December 2007

Health secretary Alan Johnson has confirmed that the frontline NHS will receive 74.2 billion pounds in 2008/09.

The announcement, related to the funding allocation for Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), will bring an increase in funds of nearly four billion pounds compared with the last financial year.

Over 1.5 billion pounds will be earmarked for central budgets giving PCTs an 80 per cent allocation in the NHS revenue budget.

The announcement follows on from the release of the Operation Framework initiative which sets out the key priorities of the NHS in its 60th anniversary year.

Priorities include improving cleanliness and reducing hospital associated infections, enhancing patient experience, improving access and preparing to respond in a state of emergency.

Mr Johnson commented: “We want the NHS to use these extra resources to concentrate on the key priorities set out in the Operating Framework, such as tackling infection, increasing access and improving the overall health of their local population.”

This week has also seen the government announce plans to revolutionise care for older and disabled people with the introduction of personal care budgets and a commitment to support independent living.

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