HC Deb 24 February 1999 vol 326 c348W
Sir Alastair Goodlad

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much extra money was provided to the NHS in the Mersey region in connection with the 1998 winter pressures; and how and where it was spent. [71306]

Mr. Denham

£12.2 million was made available from winter pressure funds and management cost savings to the National Health Service in the Merseyside and Cheshire area (within the former Mersey Regional Health Authority boundary) to help cope with winter pressures. The tables show the purposes for which and the health authorities to whom it was allocated.

Purpose of allocation £000
Avoiding inappropriate admissions 780
Improved hospital care of emergencies 3,820
Intensive care 700
Facilitating hospital discharge 2,860
Community care 2,250
Maintaining elective activity 1,280
Other 530

Health authority allocation £000
Liverpool 2,740
North Cheshire 1,400
Sefton 1,260
South Cheshire 2,220
St. Helens and Knowsley 1,530
Wirral 3,070