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21 March 2000

MSF HAILS BUDGET NHS FUNDING BOOST

Health union, MSF has welcomed the large boost in funding for the NHS announced in the Budget as "a great opportunity to turn around services".

MSF's Head of Health, Roger Kline said; "The annual 6.1% increase in NHS spending up to 2004 is a huge amount of money and presents a tremendous opportunity to turn around the services in the NHS. MSF has strongly campaigned for extra cash for the NHS."

"We also welcome the measures announced to tackle poverty and improved benefits for families with young children. This is a good foundation for a fairer society. We also look forward to being involved in discussions to modernise the NHS."

The Director of the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association, Jackie Carnell said: "Our members will be delighted to know that for the next four years that the level of funding for the NHS has been set. This will enable far better long-term planning. I will be interested in the statement from the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary on the strings attached to this generous funding."

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MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's fifth largest union.

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