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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