Extra £1.5m health funding is welcomed by Berwick MP

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has welcomed additional funding from the Government for Northumberland, which will amount to £1,521,452.

Wednesday, 24th October 2018, 11:25 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th October 2018, 11:28 am
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative MP for Berwick Upon Tweed
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative MP for Berwick Upon Tweed

The funds – part of £240million the Government is allocating as additional spending for this winter – aims to reduce winter pressures on health and social care which is run by local authorities.

It is primarily aimed at helping to get patients home quicker and to free up hospital beds for those who most need them.

The funding is new money from the Treasury, which was announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock during this year’s Conservative Party Conference.

Anne-Marie said: “So much of our winter pressures on the NHS revolves around bed shortages and not being able to get people home quickly enough. This pot of extra money will help to do just that, so people can recuperate at home, and hospital beds can be sued for those who really need them.

“Waiting for social care plans, especially at weekends, has been a real problem so I am really pleased the Government is keen to tackle that and to give councils the resources with which to do it.”

Councils are being asked to work with their local NHS trusts to decide how the money can be best targeted.

Responding to the announcement the NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, welcomed the additional funding: “Helping patients go home when they are ready is vital to easing pressure on the NHS, particularly busy A&E departments.

“So, as the government develops a comprehensive social care funding solution, hospitals will rightly welcome this targeted funding to ease pressures on the NHS this winter by paying for extra care packages and care home places for frail older people.

“Over the past 18 months, the NHS and councils have worked together to cut delayed discharges, freeing up 4 hospitals-worth of beds across England. This money will allow councils to build on that progress.”