Headlines: November 19th, 1998

There is more evidence of the roll-out of cash following the Comprehensive Spending Review with the announcement that a quarter of all Accident and Emergency Departments are to see modernisation.Money is also available for improved outpatient departments, and for eliminating unpopular mixed sex wards.

Health Minister Alan Milburn says the 2.2 billion pounds, made available next April, is the first stage of the Government’s three year plan to inject almost eight billion pounds into the NHS for investment in the new buildings, equipment and facilities that are required for modern healthcare provision.

He said the Government had taken action to safeguard this money so that it was used for modernising NHS buildings, plant and equipment unlike in previous years when capital cash has been raided to make up for shortfalls in revenue spending.

Allocations to individual NHS Trusts will only take place once they have submitted details of how they will spend the money.