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£140m fund for NHS

8th October 2012

David Cameron has said the government will pledge an extra £140 million to reduce bureaucracy and help nurses and midwives spend more time with patients.

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The Prime Minister said the money would help health service nurses ensure they could spend "even more time at the bedside".

During his visit Mr Cameron explained that £100 million would be spent on enabling nurses and midwives to use the recent technology and treatments.

He added: "We're only able to do this because we're the only party, the only people, who said 'whatever else we have to do, whatever other cuts we have to make, we are not cutting the NHS budget, we're increasing it'. That was my pledge, that's what we are doing."

The remaining £40 million will be used to provide training for staff to develop their leadership skills.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said: "Most nurses and midwives chose their profession because they wanted to spend time caring for patients, not filling out paperwork. New technology can make that happen."

"That's better for nurses and patients too, who will get swifter information and more face-to-face time with NHS staff." 

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