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Health Service Managers Say Hewitt Must Keep Spending

Magazine article Public Finance

Health Service Managers Say Hewitt Must Keep Spending

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New Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt is already under pressure from health service managers to maintain the record levels of NHS funding up to and beyond 2008.

As Hewitt began her newjob, the NHS Confederation published a survey of chief executives in which 34% said sustaining the levels of growth beyond 2008 must be her top priority. A further 22% said refining the payment by results system would top their list.

Whitehall officials have said consistently in the past year that annual NHS spending increases are likely to be around 3% after 2008.

NHS Confederation chief executive Gill Morgan said the service could make a strong case for continued high investment in the 2006 Spending Review, which will determine NHS spending after 2008.

'NHS funding is set to grow by £41.5bn between 2002 and 2008, which means we are halfway through an extremely welcome period of investment in this country's health and health services,' she said. …

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