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New health funding allocation targets England's deprived areas

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:384
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    Deprived areas in England will get proportionally larger increases in funds for primary health care in the next couple of years, the health secretary, John Reid, announced last week.

    The funding increase—in which no trust will get less than an average of 8.1% more in 2006-7 and 2007-8 than in 2005-6—was greeted as a step in the right direction, although critics queried how much of the extra cash would be used up in new pay deals for staff.

    Mr Reid said that a total of £135bn ($250bn; €200bn) had been allocated to primary care trusts for 2006-7 …

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