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£500m bailout of A&E departments on cards
11:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
A £500 million bailout to help struggling A&E departments relieve pressure over the winter months has been announced by the Government.
But it is not yet known whether any of the cash will be making its way to Worcestershire.
Announcing the funding, Prime Minister David Cameron said it will be directed to A&E departments identified as being under the most pressure.
But a Department of Health spokesman said decisions about where and how the £500 million will be spent will be announced “in the next couple of weeks”.
The emergency care system has come under intense pressure, partly due to a rise in the number of people attending A&E.
Nationally four-hour A&E waiting time targets were missed between January and March. But in Worcestershire the targets were missed for six consecutive months, from November until the end of April.
Mr Cameron said hospitals would need to work more closely with GPs and social care providers to relieve pressure on A&E departments.
Stewart Messer, chief operating officer at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We welcome this announcement and hope Worcestershire will be able to bid for some of the funds available.”
The extra support for the NHS has been welcomed by Worcester’s MP Robin Walker and West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin.
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