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Wednesday, February 17, 1999 Published at 14:56 GMT


£41.7m for NHS shake-up

Many of the reforms come as a result of service reviews

The government is targeting £41.7m to health authorities looking to implement large-scale changes.

The money will be used to help implement cost-cutting programmes and restructure services.

Fifteen health authorities in England will share the money.

It is the third year that funding from the health budget has been targeted in this way.

Health minister John Denham said the spending was designed to help health authorities with changes to services in particular areas.

Modernisation plans

Wednesday's announcement came a day after Prime Minister Tony Blair announced details of a £30m scheme to upgrade a third of hospital casualty departments.

Mr Denham said: "Today's announcement affirms our commitment to the modernisation of the NHS.

"This new investment will target money at areas with specific local needs and where the greatest changes are taking place in local health services."

He added: "This money will help health authorities meet the cost of strategic change without affecting the treatment of patients within their area."

The NHS Confederation welcomed the money, but asked for greater government recognition of pressures on the NHS.

Tim Jones, policy manager for the confederation, said: "The cash injection to lubricate modernisation will be very welcome for those health authorities that benefit."

He said managers would be looking for a "clear sense of priorities" from the government.

"There has been no lift in the pressure to drive down management costs at the same time as they are being asked to deliver revolutionary change in the NHS," he added.

Where the money will go:
Health Authority Allocation What the money is for
Barnet £200,000 To help the final stage of Edgware General Hospital's transition to a community hospital.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly £2.0m To reshape community and primary care services, including GP groups developing community hospitals.
Leeds £5.8m Reconfiguration of emergency services and a review of services for the elderly, the aim being to transfer resources into community-based care. It will also be used to reduce non-clinical services at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Lincolnshire £4.0m To help implement mergers resulting from a review of learning disability services, and to fund changes to paediatric and maternity services in Grantham.
Liverpool £2.0m To help provide emergency services while the authority undergoes structural change. Also, to strengthen primary care, fund services for the elderly and rationalise trusts and services.
Manchester £4.1m To assist restructuring including a new children's hospital costing £50m, and develop renal services and neurosciences.
Newcastle £4.8m To help fit services from three hospitals on to two sites, leaving the third free for development of mental health and elderly services.
North and Mid Hampshire £2.0m To compensate for the loss of services after the closure of the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot in 1996.
Oxfordshire £3.5m A large and complex modernisation programme is already under way, involving the relocation and redesign of health services, both acute and community hospital.
Sheffield £800,000 To support services during major reconfiguration of emergency services within the city.
Southern Derbyshire £1.2m To help move almost all acute services onto one site and restructure community services.
South West London £5.0m To be shared between Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth authorities to fund changes resulting from the move of services from Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton to Kingston Hospital and St George's in Tooting.
West Hertfordshire £1.0m To integrate services for the elderly across local trusts and develop a community hospital.
Wiltshire £800,000 To deal with extra expenses incurred as a result of the closure of the RAF Wroughton Hospital. Additional NHS patients will have their treatment funded by the Defence Medical Services.
Worcestershire £4.5m To reconfigure acute services between three existing district general hospitals.

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