PCT budgets increase by 5.5%

PCTs are to receive an extra £5.7 billion in their budgets for 2008/09, the DoH has announced.

Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

The increase for England equates to a 5.5 per cent increase from last year, taking the total primary care budget up to £74.2 billion.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson said: ‘From next year, 82 per cent of the total NHS revenue budget will be in the hands of the frontline NHS, up from 72 per cent in 1996/97.’

The announcement comes as the Operating Framework for the NHS is published. It sets out the key priorities for the NHS in its 60th anniversary year, which are:

  • Improving access through achievement of the 18 week referral to treatment and better access to GP services
  • Keeping adults and children well, improving their overall health and reducing health inequalities
  • Preparing to respond in a state of emergency such as an outbreak of pandemic flu
  • Improving cleanliness and reducing hospital associated infections
  • Improving patient experience, staff satisfaction and engagement

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

The 2008-09 Operating Framework

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