A further £300 million to support winter pressures.

The government have announced an additional £300 million for investment mainly in beds and staff to help manage the extra pressures on the health service this winter. This takes the total funds to some £700 million. CCGs, working with local providers, have been asked to bid for funds.

Unavailability of beds is seen as a key contributor to delays in A&E, where the Government’s target of 95% of patients treated within 4 hours has been missed for the past 16 months. And over 6,500 patients have waited on trollies for over 12 hours before being admitted to a hospital bed. Double the number for the same period last year.

The Deputy COO of a London Teaching Hospital recently stated “We knew things were going to be bad, but we need to know exactly how bad so that we can aim to fix the problem”.

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