The Department of Health’s progress and achievements over the past year have been published in its eighth annual Department Report.
The document also contains details of its expenditure plans for 1998-99.
The study outlines the aims and objectives of the DOH, and details the primary activities which support them.
It covers the business areas the DOH is responsible for which include public health, the NHS, social care and departmental management.
A key accomplishment described in the report is the extra £2 billion allocation for the NHS over previous inherited spending plans.
Also set out are the plans in the White Paper, The New NHS: Modern, Dependable
, which includes details of the creation of new primary care groups which are designed to commission patient care locally.
Frank Dobson, health secretary, commented on the publication: “We want to modernise the NHS, making it more responsive to the needs of the people it serves and having the resources and the confidence to embrace new technology, new drugs and new methods of working for the benefits of patients.”