Bill has welcomed yesterday’s news that Herefordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) will benefit from a real term funding boost next year as its allocation rises by £8.1 million.

The revenue allocations for PCTs in 2012-13 were announced yesterday by the Secretary of State for Health.

Herefordshire PCT is set to receive a total of £298 million – £8.1 million more than the previous financial year. It includes:

  • £282.7 million in recurrent allocations.
  • £15.1 million in allocations for primary dental care, pharmaceutical services, general ophthalmic services, and support for joint working between health and social care.

Bill responded, ‘These figures reveal continued positive investment in frontline NHS services.

Herefordshire’s allocation has increased in real times – a significant achievement considering the difficult economic climate and one which reflects the Government’s determination to ensure that all patients have access to high quality, integrated and accessible health care.

I am confident the news will be well received not only by both our local PCT but also the Country Council.’

Total investment in local NHS services will reach £91.6 billion, representing an increase of £2.5 billion or 2.8 per cent.

In order to allow the health service financial stability during a period of transition, the weighted capitation formula normally used to PCT’s fair share of the available resources was rejected this year in favour of a uniform uplift in their 2012-13 recurrent allocations.