16 January 2013
Government announces next steps in NHS reforms
The Government has published the next steps in its plans to reform the NHS, announcing that £89 billion will go direct to Primary Care Trusts for frontline services.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:
“We believe that the NHS is a great national institution and support its founding principles – that care is free at the point of use to everyone, based on need, not ability to pay.
“Our commitment means that funding for the NHS will increase every year. I am proud that we are living up to our commitment to the NHS – the total allocations to Primary Care Trusts will increase next year by 3 per cent on average, with not less than 2.5% and up to 4.9% increase for individual PCTs. It provides a strong platform to sustain and improve NHS services."