Pounds 67m to Improve Health Services; Funding Will Boost County Facilities
Byline: By ANDREW HEATH firstname.lastname@example.org
HEALTHCARE in South Warwickshire and Rugby has been boosted by a pounds 67m investment over the next two years.
It is part of a pounds 135bn investment in Primary Care in England and designed to reduce health inequalities in the Midlands.
Health bosses say it will allow them to plan investment more effectively, delivering more drop-in centres and better hospital facilities.
South Warwickshire Primary Care Trust has been awarded an extra pounds 51m over the next two years, a year-on-year increase of ten per cent.
Meanwhile, Rugby PCT, which represents a smaller area, has been granted an extra pounds 16.5m over the two years, an eight per cent annual increase.
But because public health in Warwickshire is good in comparison with more deprived Midlands areas, the totals are dwarfed by those given to PCTs in Birmingham and Shropshire, where funding has been raised by around 20 per cent.
Janice Hopkins, associate director of corporate services for Rugby PCT, said: "It is good news. We get an uplift every year, but it is hard to plan a year at a time and this has allowed us to look at planning services for the future. …