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£19m set aside NHS ‘entrepreneurs’

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced an extra £19m to fund health workers who want to take over the running of NHS services in England.

Lansley told the Guardian that the creation of social enterprises and mutual organisations helped "shift power and control" to frontline staff.

The funding for the next year follows the £100m that was invested over the last five years in setting up the organisations.

Lansley said: "The NHS is full of people with new ideas about giving patients the care they need. Social enterprises are able to harness these innovations and provide services that will greatly help patients.

"We have already seen 6,000 Social Enterprises within the NHS offering staff more freedom and giving patients more tailored health care.

"The extra funding announced today will help roll out more of these services across the health service and shift power and control to frontline workers."