Government offers cash for health

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CASH incentives are on offer for the county council if it improves the health of people in Northamptonshire.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has announced that councils will be rewarded under a ‘health premium’ scheme for performing well in 63 different areas, from cutting tooth decay in children to pensioners’ perception of their own safety. The Government has a total pot of £2 million to hand out.

David Ward, chairman of the LINk independent watchdog group said: “Anything that can bring more money into the council sounds like a good idea to me.

“What needs to happen now is the council having conversations with the public about where this bonus money could be best spent. “There is no reason why that cannot start to happen right away.”

Public health staff have already moved their base from NHS Northamptonshire’s building in Moulton Park to County Hall.

The formal changeover will take place in April 2013, the same time as the scheduled handover of other NHS services to GP-led groups.