Weston’s health service gets funding boost

PUBLISHED: 16:51 16 December 2010

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NORTH Somerset’s health service has won the biggest percentage funding increase in the country for next year.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said yesterday (Wed) that NHS North Somerset would be allocated an addication £15.3million in the 2011/12 financial year.

The figure is 4.9 per cent up from this year and 1.9 per cent higher than the average 3 per cent increase for trusts.

Weston MP John Penrose says the increase is an achievement after ‘many years’ of campaigning for more health cash in the region.

He saidd: “This is fantastic news. For years North Somerset’s health services have received below what the government’s own figures say they should, so I’m delighted the new coalition Government has accepted we’re right and is taking immediate steps to narrow the gap between what we get and what we ought to receive.

“Obviously this is only the first step, but we’re off to a great start and it’s great for Weston that ministers in the coalition government are willing to listen and start fixing the problem once and for all.”

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