Byline: By ANNETTE KINSELLA email@example.com
PATIENT services will receive a boost thanks to a huge rise in government health funding for Coventry.
Health secretary John Reid announced that Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust would receive an extra pounds 44.7 million next April, followed by another pounds 44.2million the following year.
The extra cash is expected to be spent on improving facilities, including investment in GPs and out-of-hours services.
Other priorities include helping people protect their own health with projects such as smoking cessation and obesity programmes.
Cash will also be spent on providing more community matrons and health link workers - residents who receive training from the PCT to allow them to advise neighbours on health issues.
Altogether, the trust will receive pounds 425million in 2006 and pounds 469million in 2007.
This means the funding set aside for Coventry will shoot up by 11.8 per cent next year and 10.4 per cent the following year.
This year, the trust received funding of pounds 348. …