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NHS trusts are using cash meant for sexual health services to balance their books

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 19 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:139
  1. Kaye M McIntosh
  1. London

    Primary care trusts are diverting millions of pounds away from sexual health services to balance their books, a group of medical charities has said. Just 30% of primary care trusts say they plan to spend the extra funding given to them for sexual health services for its intended purpose, a report by the HIV and AIDS charity the Terrence Higgins Trust and other charities warns.

    The review of trusts' local delivery plans found that the need to invest in sexual health services was “overshadowed by the pressure on PCTs [primary care trusts] to achieve financial balance,” despite the government providing £250m ($440m; 荤360m) in extra funding. The local delivery plans set out what services the trusts will commission up to 2008. …

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