NHS funding for winter

September 17, 2018

Care England has responded to the announcement that hospitals are to receive £145m to prepare for winter demand.

The NHS funding for winter comes from the Department of Health and Social Care’s budget and will be spent on 81 new schemes, including:

  • Upgrading wards.
  • Redeveloping A&E departments.
  • Improving same-day emergency care.
  • Improving systems for managing the number of beds in use.
  • 900 extra beds.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said, 'Staff put in a huge amount of work preparing our health service for the challenge of treating more patients over winter and it’s right that we make sure they have the resources they need so people receive the care they deserve.

'That’s why I will be providing an additional £145 million now to upgrade wards, redevelop A&Es and further improve emergency care in time for winter.

'And through the long-term plan for the NHS we will go further, providing an extra £20.5 billion a year by 2023 to 2024 to transform care for patients and guarantee the future of our health service.'

However, Care England has suggested that this leaves social care 'out in the cold'. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England said, 'Whist we welcome the Government’s announcement to boost the NHS’ resilience to cope with the inevitable pressures this forthcoming winter, it is futile if the social care sector is over looked. Every winter we see the NHS receive new funding whilst social care does not.

'We hope however that the NHS will ensure that it works with the independent care sector to use existing spare capacity in care homes. The Department of Health and Social Care needs to demonstrate its understanding of the system or revert to type and be called the Department of Health and dispense with the social care.'

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