Notes to editors
*The National Programme Budget Project started in 2002, with PCTs reporting their spending on 21 different disease areas, such as mental health problems, cancers and tumours and respiratory diseases, for the first time in 2003/4. This data is available on the Department of Health website.
**PCTs are in charge of spending around 80 per cent (nearly £60 billion) of the NHS budget in England. The amount of money allocated by the Department of Health to each PCT is calculated taking into account population size, age and need for health care, as well as the cost of providing services particular to each area.
*** 90 per cent of PCTs spend between 9 and 18 per cent of their budgets on mental health.
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