By Ian Dipple Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 13/09 10:40
A CASH boost of £1million has been given to hospital bosses to help ease the pressure on the county’s A&E departments this winter - but they say it is not enough.
The Government has made the money available as part of a £500million fund over the next two years to help those hospital Trusts most affected by the crisis which engulfed the urgent care system last year.
The money will be spent on discharging patients who no longer need to be in hospital out into the community or their own home quicker, freeing up beds to meet demand through A&E.
But Penny Venables, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said while they were grateful for any additional funding she added: “We are disappointed our share of the funding seems disproportionate when compared with other ‘at risk’ health economies. We will however ensure any funding we do receive is spent wisely and takes as much pressure off A&E as possible.
“We also remain in discussions with our partners across the health economy to ensure other measures put in place as part of this year’s winter plan to ease A&E pressure are as robust as possible.”
Redditch MP Karen Lumley also expressed her disappointment at the allocation and said she had lobbied health minister Dr Dan Poulter for more. But she urged the county’s health organisations to look at all solutions to ease the pressure on A&E departments, particularly buying spare nursing or community hospital beds to increase capacity.
“We don’t seem to be doing enough joined up thinking,” she said.
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