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17 April 2002


 A springboard for Dramatic Improvement in the Nations's Health, Says the CPHVA

Gordon Brown’s budget boost to the NHS is "a springboard for a dramatic improvement in the nation’s health", says the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

The CPHVA’s Director, Jackie Carnell said: ‘The delivery of first-class health services is the public’s key concern. This watershed budget will give the new primary care trusts the springboard they need to develop services locally.’

‘I hope that when Alan Milburn makes his detailed annoucement tomorrow (Thursday, 18 April) that there will not be too many strings attached to the financial increases for primary care trusts. There needs to be flexibility and leeway for healthcare professionals to tailor their services to local communities.’

‘Gordon Brown recognised the importance of family life and the health service when he called for the application of the Beveridge principles to modern family life.’

The Chancellor of the Exchequer pledged that spending on the NHS will rise 7.4% in real terms for the next five years. This will mean an extra £1 billion this year on the health service.

The CPHVA welcomed the announcement of an annual report to parliament by the new independent auditor on how NHS cash is spent and results obtained. This will be mirrored by reports on NHS expenditure locally.

‘This will give the public added confidence that the rises in taxation to pay for the NHS are being used in the most effective fashion.’

The CPHVA welcomed the new child tax credit for families with incomes up to £58,000 as "the continuation of this government’s long standing family-friendly polices.’ The new measures will help remove a small, but significant percentage of children out of "the mire of poverty and disadvantage".



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