Headlines: June 2nd, 1998

Thirty four further areas of Britain have been invited to bid to become Health Action Zones, which the government are sponsoring to speed up and improve health care provision.

The 34 areas could join the second wave of urban areas, towns and cities receiving a total of ?30 million pounds of extra NHS money. In return they have to put up proposals which identify and address local health needs, increase effectiveness and efficiency and develop partnerships with others concerned with health issues, such as local authorities and community groups.

Health Secretary Frank Dobson said: “Health Action Zones are blazing a trail for the Government’s programme to modernise health services and tackle health inequalities.

“The Zones will make a real difference to people’s experience of health services, by helping to remove the bureaucratic obstacles and forging new partnerships to provide better services for all the local people in the region