§ 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. 
§ 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