Notes to editors
- *The data is collected by the Department of Health through its National Programme Budget Project, which started in 2002. PCTs and hospitals now collect information on how much they spend on disease areas, rather than only recording how much was spent on primary care staff and salaries, drugs or different types and amounts of hospital procedures. As part of the NPBP, PCTs collect data on expenditure on 20 different disease areas – and in addition, on public health (‘healthy individuals), social care needs and ‘other’. This data is designed to enable the government to evaluate how NHS money is being spent and whether the current allocation is in line with policy priorities. It also allows PCTs to compare their spending patterns and to question whether they are putting their available funds to the best possible use.
- ** PCTs are in charge of spending around 75 per cent of the NHS budget in England – around £69 billion in 2006/7. 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.
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