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Target Funding Allocations

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the distance from target funding allocations and (b) estimated time to target for (i) each strategic health authority and (ii) each primary care trust. [110823]

Strategic health authorities do not have distances from targets. Information on primary care trust (PCT) distances from targets as determined by the weighted capitation formula for 2003–04, has been placed in the Library.For the 2003–04 to 2005–06 allocations round PCTs have received average cash increases of 9.24 per cent., 9.55 per cent. and 9.3 per cent., or 30.83 per cent. over the three years. This represents average real terms increases of 6.84 per cent., 6.88 per cent. and 6.65 per cent., or 21.79 per cent. over the three years.As a result of the 2003–04 to 2005–06 allocations round all PCTs will make progress towards their target shares of resources as determined by the new formula.The allocations to all PCTs for 2003–04 to 2005–06 include resources to finance the cost of pay reform, new drugs and treatments and additional capacity. It includes the commitments we set out in the NHS Plan. We have also given extra resources to under target PCTs.