Published: 10/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5942 Page 7

Health secretary John Reid was yesterday due to announce funding allocations for primary care trusts which will see spending per head of population rise from around£900 in 2002 to almost£1,400 by 2008.

Mr Reid was expected to tell MPs that the funding, first announced in the chancellor's comprehensive spending review in 2002, would mean spending per head of population would rise from£907 in 200203 to£1,388 by 2007-08.

Yesterday's announcement was due to outline the allocations for every PCT for the next three years, including next year (2005-06) for which figures are already known.

The Department of Health said ministers were determined to make sure that the most deprived areas with appalling levels of life expectancy gained from the changes to the funding formula, in the 'fairest ever' distribution of NHS resources.

For a full analysis of the allocations, see next week's HSJ.

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