Tuesday, November 3, 1998 Published at 16:10 GMT
Brown promises extra £250m for the NHS
Chancellor Gordon Brown delivers his statement
Chancellor Gordon Brown has pledged an extra £250m to help the NHS over the coming winter months.
In his pre-budget statement, Mr Brown said the cash was in addition to the £21bn pledged to the NHS over the next three years in his comprehensive spending review in the summer.
Mr Brown said: "To ensure in every part of the UK the health care that people, especially elderly people, need this winter, I am making an additional and immediate winter cash allocation to be spent in the next five months of £250m for our NHS.
"I can confirm that because this government believes in the best health and the best education, not just for a few, but for all our people, we will invest an additional £40bn in the modernisation of education and health over the next three years - public services that in the months and years ahead are safe in this government's hands."
Mr Brown also announced that 25 hospitals would receive funds for development under the private finance initiative.
The Chancellor said the government would invest in health "to provide the modern service on which people rely".
Health Secretary Frank Dobson said the new cash would be allocated to health authorities within the next two weeks.
He said: "It provides further investment for the long-term as well as additional help for this coming winter.
"It will be used to develop new ways of joint working between health and social services. This is further investment for lasting success not just this winter, but for years to come."
Liberal Democrat health spokesman Malcolm Bruce welcomed the new cash.
He said: "We hope it will mean that this year we will be able to get through the winter without seeing waiting lists rise again."
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