A total of £47.6 million has been allocated to 16 health authorities, announced health minister Alan Milburn.
The money is intended to help with the costs of modernising the NHS. It is an additional sum to the £300 million allocated for this winter and is part of the extra £ 1 billion for the Health Service in 1998-99.
Milburn said: “Services must be brought up to date so that patients can be treated by the right staff in the right locations.” The extra money will be used to aid health authorities in the way they provide services and to increase efficiency and patient care.
Milburn added: “Reorganisation usually entails extra expense and difficulties in the short term to reap longer term benefits. The special assistance funding will help the most hard-pressed health authorities meet those costs without placing undue pressure on local services.”
Leeds received the largest grant with £6.5 million, with south west London coming a close second with £6 million. The smallest allocation was given to south Derbyshire which is currently reviewing ways to integrate services for the seriously ill.