In a Commons statement, Mr Dobson, said the money would be spent on upgrading casualty departments, making them more "pleasant and more secure" by next April. Another pounds 150m from the National Lottery's New Opportunities Fund would go on replacement equipment to fight cancer, he said. However, none of the money will be spent on extra staff. Much of the pounds 430m from last week's Budget will instead be spent on admissions wards so patients needing treatment can be moved quickly out of casualty.
Ann Widdecombe, the Tory health spokeswoman, described the initiative as "old money recycled as new announcements".
Mr Dobson also confirmed that up to pounds 30m would be spent on improving direct access to the NHS, including pilot schemes for "walk-in" GP practice services in shopping malls.
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