Health written question – answered on 18th March 2005.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional provision has been made should the hepatitis B awareness campaign result in a large increase in people coming forward for treatment.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

holding answer 10 March 2005

The current health care professional and public awareness campaigns are for hepatitis C, rather than hepatitis B.

Over the three year period 2005–06 to 2007–08, funding for the national health service will increase on average by 7.1 per cent. a year over and above inflation—a total increase over the period of 23 per cent. in real terms. Over three years, this will take the total spent on the NHS in England from £69 billion in 2004–05 to £92 billion in 2007–08. This is a significant increase over historic levels of growth.

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