PATIENTS in the North East will benefit from a £5million cash boost.
The Department of Health is giving up to £100million in funding to doctors in new Clinical Commissioning Groups across the country.
The money is to go towards the improvement of care services, which it is hoped will reduce the amount of hospital admissions.
It is the first time that the groups – made up of GPs and other clinical professionals - have been allocated money to spend on patient services.
This could mean extending GP practice opening hours or improving out of hours services for patients, among other changes.