This is the logic of a fool. By this logic PCTs could spend money on filling in pot holes, repairing roads, checking vehicle safety, renovating old buildings, improving playgrounds, arresting dangerous criminals, policing the roads, collecting rubbish et aliter. Many other areas of policy can affect health, but this does not mean they should be funded directly with NHS money. This is plain barking mad.
As hospitals are being starved of cash by PCTs, because the uneducated morons in charge of the PCT's funds decide to fritter away money on non-health related issues and on health related schemes that have sod all good evidence to back them up, we see the banks continue to be propped up by the government because they cannot be seen to fail. Why can hospitals be seen to fail because PCTs are wasting all the money they need to provide decent local services for local people?
It has been many years in the making, but the way in which the most educated and knowledgeable are not involved in deciding where NHS funds should be allocated is a national scandal. Epidemiologists and Public Health specialists are now routinely uninvolved, while empowered general managers with no understanding of medicine in tandem with a sprinkling of uneducated idiots are literally pouring petrol on this bonfire of tax payer's cash.