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Carers 'not priority' for NHS funding

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Millions of pounds promised for respite breaks for carers has been diverted to plug NHS deficits, an investigation has found. Freedom of Information requests made by the charities Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care showed that just under a quarter of the £50m earmarked this year has been used for respite breaks.

Gordon Conochie, policy officer for the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, and David Stout, director of the Primary Care Trust network at the NHS Confederation, debate the use of respite break funding.

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