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Managers accuse ministers of spin over money for NHS

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7240.960 (Published 08 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:960
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    The health secretary's announcement last week that he was going to use his powers of direction to ensure that £600m ($960m) of new NHS money went to front line services has angered representatives of health authorities.

    Alan Milburn told the House of Commons last week that £600m of the extra £2bn which the chancellor of the exchequer announced in the budget for the next financial year (1 April, p 889) would “put local hospital and GP services on to a sound financial footing.” The health secretary said that the money had to be spent on real services: “That …

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