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NHS takes cash meant for charity – Thursday 28 December 2006

A pioneering scheme to help mental patients may have to close because the Department of Health has pocketed money promised by the Treasury.

Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, the executive director of the charity Community Service Volunteers, said it was outrageous that £3.7 million had disappeared into the NHS and that all attempts to extract it had failed.

Appeals to ministers have been ignored, and only recourse to lawyers and a threat to tell the press what had happened produced any response.

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