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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2001): National Health Service - Funding

50,000 CHILDREN MAY LOSE FREE WORK ON CROOKED TEETH

D. Derbyshire

Daily Telegraph, Nov 27th 2000, p.5

Reports proposals that free orthodontic treatment for children should be limited to those whose teeth are so cracked that they endanger their health. These proposals are designed to cut expenditure on what many health policy experts argue is little more than cosmetic medicine.

GIVING A LIFT TO PFI

S. Ward

Public Finance, Nov 17th-23rd 2000, p.24-25

Describes the extension of the public-private partnership principle to improving primary care facilities.

JUNIOR DOCTORS GET 28% PAY RISE

D. Charter

Times, Nov 28th 2000, p.12

Reports that junior doctors who work more than 56 hours a week regularly are to receive a 28% pay rise with the aim of forcing hospitals to cut their hours.

NHS CASH FOR NURSES AND POOR AREAS

N. Hawkes

Times, Nov 15th 2000, p.9

Reports that extra NHS funding over the next three years will be targeted on health authorities in deprived areas, with a tranche of new cash also being allocated to coronary and cancer care. Nursing staff living in expensive areas such as London and the South will benefit from salary top ups of up to £1,000 a year.

(See also Guardian, Nov 15th 2000, p.11; Independent, Nov 15th 2000, p.8; Financial Times, Nov 15th 2000, p.8; Health Service Journal, vol.110, Nov 16th 2000, p.5 + 7).

PAYING FOR PROGRESS: A NEW POLITICS OF TAX FOR PUBLIC SPENDING

Commission on Taxation and Citizenship

London: Fabian Society, 2000

Proposes earmarking 50% of current income tax receipts, plus tobacco and alcohol duties for funding the NHS. Every wage slip would show the amount of money going direct to the NHS as well as that left for general income tax. Such a system of hypothecated taxation would be designed to rebuild support for higher government spending by making it clear to the public that taxes pay for services they value.

STEALING THE SHOW

J. Mair

Health Service Journal, vol.110, Dec 7th 2000, p.28

Describes battle to extract from government the true extent of the repayments to be made over the next 60 years to the private consortium who have built a new NHS hospital in Norwich.

STRIKE COULD SPREAD ACROSS NHS

S. Milne

Guardian, Nov 23rd 2000, p.8

Reports that hospital ancillary workers in Dudley have begun their seventh strike against transfer to the private sector. At issue are the Health Trust's plans to hand hospital buildings and non-clinical services and employees over to a private sector consortium. In return the consortium will rebuild one of Dudley's hospitals, turn two others into outpatient centres and close the fourth.