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Health Services (Expenditure)

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales on what basis the extra £3 million for health services in Wales is to be allocated to area health authorities.

Subject to consideration of area health authorities' proposals for improving priority services and the reduction of excessive hospital waiting times, £2·38 million will be distributed to Areas in proportion to their 1978–79 revenue allocations, with the exception of Dyfed whose provisional allocation should ensure the full use of the new Withybush Hospital. £0·25 million will be spent on services to kidney patients and the provision of extra kidney machines. The remaining £0·44 million will be allocated partly to the development of community services for the mentally ill in selected areas, and partly to the funding of improvements in psychiatric institutions broadly in accordance with size and need.