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Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what procedures have been put in place to ensure that the funding allocated for modern matrons cannot be used for other purposes;[109075](2) to which budget holders the additional funding allocated to modern matrons will be distributed; [109072](3) when modern matrons will receive the additional funding announced by the Government;[109074](4) for how many financial years the new payments to modern matrons will be paid.[109073]

The details of the fund are currently being finalised. We will issue the funding shortly and it will be accompanied by clear guidance setting out the options of how to spend the money on improving the patient experience in accident and emergency. Modern matrons will take the lead in deciding, in consultation with colleagues and patients, on which option to choose.