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Health Services: Essex

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated for public relations in the budgets of each primary care trust in Essex in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. (202766)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: This is matter for local primary care trusts (PCTs). There is no separate allocation made to PCTs for public relations, and information on the budgets for public relations for each of the primary care trusts in Essex is not held centrally.

Revenue allocations are made to PCTs on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. It is for PCTs to determine how best to use the funding allocated to them, and to commission services to meet the healthcare needs of their local populations.

The hon. Member may therefore wish to raise this matter locally.