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HEALTH trusts buying services for the Portsmouth area will get extra cash.

Fareham and Gosport (F&G) and South Eastern Hampshire (SEH) Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have both received budget allocations higher than the rate of inflation.

Both CCGs were given the most cash as they are considered the most ‘under-funded’ or have the fastest growing populations.

The F&G CCG will get an extra 3.4 per cent, which takes its budget from £197.5m to £204.3m, in the next financial year.

Chairman Dr David Chilvers said: ‘We welcome anything that helps us deliver better healthcare for our community.

‘This extra growth will help, but there are still appreciable pressures on the system.And I wouldn’t want people to think that we are now near the top of the tables for our total budget – quite the contrary.’

The SEH CCG will see its £200m budget increase by 3.12 per cent, and Portsmouth sees a rise of 2.14 per cent from £246m.