HC Deb 21 December 1988 vol 144 cc293-4W
Mr. Gwilym Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he will announce allocations to district health authorities in 1989–90 announced by him in the programme for the valleys.

Mr. Peter Walker

District health authorities have today been informed that the following allocations are to be made under the programme for the valleys for projects commencing in 1989–90 and are shown in the following table.

Funding under the programme will enable health authorities significantly to advance the implementation of these schemes. All the applications made by health authorities for funding in 1989–90 have been met. In some instances the level of funding allocated under the programme has been greater than 50 per cent. of the anticipated expenditure in the year in order that the authority's contribution can be met from within the limits of its annual capital allocation. The level of funding in such cases will be balanced in any future tranches of programme allocations. Funding of individual schemes is subject to the outcome of any public consultation which may be appropriate.

These decisions represent a major investment in health care in deprived areas by my Department in partnership with the health authorities. It should yield a significant improvement in the environment and quality of health services offered to local people.

Consideration is also being given to a proposal for an innovative research project into improvements in domiciliary antenatal care which would be conducted in Mid Glamorgan and Gwent. A decision on the extent of any funding from the programme to this initiative will be taken in the light of discussions with the relevant health authorities and the proposers.

Programme for the Valleys contribution in 1989–90
Mid Glamorgan
1. Ystrad Fechan Community Hospital 1,600,000
2. 40 bed unit for elderly people, Aberdare General Hospital 600,000
3. Day unit at Tyntyla for elderly mentally ill people 75,000
4. "Know your Midwife" project, Rhondda 60,000
5. Community nursing staff 85,000
1. Ebbw Vale Community Hospital 1,883,000
2. Blaina Hospital Rehabilitation Unit 154,000
3. Blackwood Psychiatric Unit 464,000
East Dyfed
Amman Valley Hospital 515,000
West Glamorgan
Pontardawe Psychiatric Day Centre 15,000