Increased investment for local NHS services

Theresa May has welcomed an announcement by the Government that funding to local NHS services is to be increased. Berkshire Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) will together see an increase of £35 million in funding for the next financial year as part of a £2.5 billion increase in investment in NHS services nationally, announced by the Secretary of State for Health this week.

Despite difficult financial circumstances, Berkshire East PCT will receive revenue allocations of £601 million for 2012-13, an increase of £16.5 million. Berkshire West PCT will receive £678 million, an increase of £18.5 million. This is part of a nationwide increase in NHS funding to local services, which totals £91.6 billion.

Commenting, Theresa said: “The news of increased investment is a welcome boost to local NHS services. Despite the difficult financial circumstances that the country faces, it is significant that the Government will be providing an additional £35 million for the NHS in Berkshire. It is important that this increased funding is used effectively to deliver the best possible service for local residents, and that there are proper plans in place for the future of local services including at St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead.”

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