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Department of Health


The Department of Health has awarded funding of £60m to improve care environments at 176 hospices across England.
11-Apr-2013


The Department of Health is to invest £800m in medical research through NHS and university partnerships managed by the National Institute for Health Research, including four new Biomedical Research Units.
18-Aug-2011


The Department of Health is to invest a further £400m in mental health care, through the launch of a new Mental Health Outcomes Strategy.
03-Feb-2011


The Department of Health is planning to invest £130m in telecare and home adaptations, in order to help 130,000 people needing home care.
24-Nov-2009


The Department of Health is to invest £150m in the development of a chain of dementia clinics in hospitals, surgeries and high streets across England over the next five years.
03-Feb-2009


The Department of Health is to proceed with plans to build a network of 150 polyclinics, and the GP-led health centres will be open seven days a week.
01-Jul-2008


The Department of Health has announced plans to build a £13m community hospital at Ashford in Kent, as well as two other hospitals at Finchley and Eltham in London.
11-Jun-2008


The Department of Health is to invest £105m in clinical and GP services, including new practices in Birmingham, Bristol, Bury, Coventry, Gateshead, Lancashire, London, Middlesbrough, Rotherham, Somerset and Telford.
06-May-2008


The Department of Health has invited local authorities to bid for £80m of funding to build care housing for the elderly and people with long-term conditions.
05-Mar-2008


The Department of Health has announced a £170m programme to train an extra 3,600 psychological therapists, in order to improve services for people with depression and anxiety disorders.
28-Feb-2008


The Department of Health has announced proposals to open 150 new health centres and 100 GP practices, while existing practices will be encouraged to open on Saturday mornings.
08-Oct-2007


The Department of Health is to award £97m to NHS trusts across the country to invest is security systems and personal safety training.
26-Sep-2007


The Department of Health has announced a £67m fund to invest in the refurbishment of up to 7,000 care homes for older people across England.
01-Jun-2007


The Department of Health has announced that the NHS has been allocated £8bn to invest in new health services over the next 12 months, including schemes such as a £8m health centre in Newcastle and a £3.2m renal unit at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
18-May-2007


The Department of Health is to provide funding of £45m for the development of four new community hospitals in Bristol, Minehead, Gosport and Sunderland.
21-Dec-2006


The Department of Health has announced plans to invest £450m in the development of new Biomedical Research Centres in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Liverpool and Newcastle over the next five years.
13-Dec-2006


The Department of Health has approved plans for the development of six new PFI hospitals in Leicester, Torbay, Tameside & Glossop, Salford, Walsall and North Staffordshire.
21-Aug-2006


The Department of Health has unveiled plans to invest £750m in community hospital schemes across the country over the next five years, in order to make it easier for patients to undergo blood tests and minor operations.
06-Jul-2006


The Department of Health is to award £25m to NHS ambulance trusts across England to invest in new control room technology and vehicles that will improve response times.
04-Jul-2006


The Department of Health is considering plans to significantly expand the role of the private sector in the provision of pathology services and blood tests to the NHS.
21-Jun-2006


The Department of Health is to invest £100m in the modernisation of NHS dental practices over the next two years.
19-May-2006


The Department of Health has announced government plans to invest £100m in stem cell research over the next two years, in order to support centres of excellence, the UK Stem Cell Bank, cell production facilities and NHS clinical research.
05-Dec-2005


The Department of Health has approved initial proposals for a £190m redevelopment programme at West London Mental Health Trust's Broadmoor hospital in Berkshire.
18-Nov-2005


The Department of Health has awarded a share of £60m to 19 councils across the country, under the Partnership for Older People scheme, which will involve the development of various health centres and home support services.
10-Nov-2005


The Department of Health is planning to invest £130m in the modernisation of mental health facilities across the country, and will start allocating funds next year.
27-Oct-2005


The Department of Health is to proceed with plans for the development of more privately-operated surgical centres, and a £500m contract to treat 250,000 patients a year is due to be announced.
12-May-2005


The Department of Health is to commission a further 250,000 operations a year from the private sector, which will involve the development of additional independent treatment centres and a £400m annual investment in diagnostics.
09-Nov-2004


The Department of Health has announced plans to set up seven walk-in health centres near railway stations in London, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle, and is seeking independent operators.
04-Nov-2004


The Department of Health has awarded a £100m contract to OR International of the US to build and operate a fast-track surgical hospital at Shepton Mallet.
30-Aug-2004


The Department of Health is planning to introduce legislation that will allow supermarkets to open 24-hour pharmacies.
16-Aug-2004


The Department of Health has announced plans for the development of 14 more PFI hospitals at a cost of more than £4bn, including projects worth £1bn on Merseyside.
28-Jul-2004


The Department of Health is to invest £7m in new heart treatment facilities in Newcastle, while hospitals in Dorset and Somerset will receive similar amounts.
29-Mar-2004


The Department of Health is to spend £3.4m on a recruitment drive for radiographers, in order to alleviate the current shortage in NHS hospitals.
01-Mar-2004


The Department of Health has announced plans to open a further 11 walk-in health centres over the next two years.
06-Jan-2004


The Department of Health has announced a £50m funding package to develop the use of genetics in health care over the next three years, including the upgrade of genetics laboratories throughout the country.
26-Jun-2003


The Department of Health is to spend up to £182m on the expansion of the NHS Direct telephone advice line and online services by 2006, in order to provide more capacity and double the number of calls.
16-Apr-2003


The Department of Health is planning legislation for the creation of community-owned foundation hospitals, and existing healthcare companies will also be invited to become public interest companies.
13-Mar-2003


The Department of Health is to acquire Life Resources, the US-owned group of 24 blood donor centres, for up to £70m, in order to ensure future supplies of blood plasma.
18-Dec-2002


The Department of Health is to invite private healthcare companies to build 10 ophthalmic centres, 10 general surgical centres and seven orthopaedic centres, as part of a strategy to cut waiting times.
09-Dec-2002