Health minister Ivan Lewis has announced £10m of capital funding to finance new NHS Plus demonstration sites to improve the occupational healthcare services offered to small and medium sized businesses.

This second phase of funding for 2008-09 will be available from April 2008 and used to to tackle the work-related health problems suffered by employees and help them to get back to work.

It is hoped that these new sites will generate pioneering models of good practice in occupational healthcare.