HC Deb 02 February 1995 vol 253 c812W
Mr. Sweeney

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has now reached decisions about the allocation of resources for hospital, community and family health and related services for Wales for 1995–96.

Mr. Redwood

I announced on 14 December, an additional £114 million for the national health service in Wales for 1995–96. This brings total NHS spending to £2,191 million. Within this sum I now propose to allocate £1,620 million to hospital and community health services and the cash limited element of the family health services in Wales. This amount will be distributed as follows: health authorities will receive £1,364.7 million for revenue purposes, an increase of £69.3 million or 5.3 per cent. over 1994–95 plans. They will also receive £118.7 million for capital investment.

£69.5 million is due to be invested in education and training for NHS staff. Family health services authorities will receive £12.6 million to meet their support costs and £50.8 million for general medical service practice costs. A further £3.6 million will be provided as contributions toward FHSA-related services; most notably as contributions toward the running cost of England and Wales bodies and centrally administered services.

In addition, authorities and trusts will be expected 1:0 generate efficiency savings of at least 3 per cent. This amounts to some £49 million including £3.25 million savings in management costs. These savings, together with the £82 million cash increase, will be available to meet inflationary and other pressures and enable further investment to be made in patient care.

Details of the allocations to health authorities and family health authorities and the provisional external financing limits for NHS trusts is contained in a statement which has been placed today in the Library of the House.