Family doctors handed £3m boost

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Patients in South Yorkshire will benefit from a £3 million cash injection to boost health services, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced.

The Department of Health is providing the additional funding to improve services and reduce pressures on the NHS during the colder months.

The money will be handed to new Clinical Commissioning Groups - groups of GPs who have taken over responsibility for commissioning services before the old Primary Care Trusts are abolished next year.

In and around South Yorkshire there are five groups - in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Bassetlaw - which will be handed roughly £2 for each of the 1.4 million residents in the area.

Mr Lansley said: “I am pleased to be able to give the NHS extra funding to spend directly on frontline care for their patients during the winter months.

“This funding will harness the expertise of local clinicians who know better than anyone what their patients need. Moving decision-making closer to patients will ensure patients receive the right care according to individual needs.”