Healthcare: Funding

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Spokesperson for Health

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they monitor the levels of funding for healthcare necessary to deal with infections in primary and community care.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

Primary care trusts are responsible for commissioning services that improve the health and well-being of the population, and are fair, personalised, effective and safe. To do this, they assess the needs of their population, prioritise investment, contract with providers and monitor the quality of services. Consequently, all decisions on funding for services relating to infectious diseases and healthcare acquired infections are taken locally, and the department does not hold relevant data centrally.

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