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Thursday, July 16, 1998 Published at 17:16 GMT 18:16 UK


Dobson's measures at a glance

The Health Secretary Frank Dobson said his announcement of extra spending of £21bn on the NHS would kick start a 10-year modernisation programme. Here are his main points:
  • £18bn will go to England, £1.8bn to Scotland and just over £1bn to Wales.

  • The new Northern Ireland assembly will decide how much of the money allocated to it in the government's spending review will go on health.

  • Up to 7,000 more doctors and 15,000 more nurses will be appointed over the three-year period.

  • There will be an extra 6,000 nurse training places.

  • Medical school places will be increased.

  • Three million more patients will be treated.

  • Pay review bodies will formally consider service improvements, available resources and the government's inflation target before making recommendations.

  • There will be an end to the systematic use of short-term contracts for nurses and other staff.

  • £8bn will be invested in new hospitals, clinics and GP premises. Over 1,000 GP surgeries will be improved or rebuilt over the next three years.

  • England will get a £5bn plus modernisation fund to keep up with the information technology revolution. New booking systems should help cut waiting lists.

  • A new performance framework will measure efficiency in the NHS. Hospitals with above average costs will be targeted.

  • An extra £3bn will be given to social services to compliment NHS work.

  • No new NHS charges will be introduced during this parliament.

  • The NHS will provide free eye tests for pensioners from next April.

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