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Health Minister welcomes £10million in the January monitoring round

The Health Minister today welcomed the allocation of 10million in-year funding to help front line service delivery.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Welcoming the Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson’s announcement today, Minister Edwin Poots said: “I am very pleased my Department has been allocated £10million towards front line services. This will enable the Health and Social Care sector to address additional demands on emergency departments and other services resulting from winter and unscheduled care pressures. Funding will also be allocated to General Dental Services and Family and Childcare to help meet increasing demands.”

The £10million funding is to be allocated to address the following:

  • £7million for Winter Pressures/Unscheduled Care. This will enable us to address additional demand on emergency departments and other acute health services as a result of winter and unscheduled care pressures;
  • £1million for Family and Childcare services, due to greater demand for adoption allowances and foster homes;
  • £1million for increased demand within General Dental Services; and
  • £1million for Infection Control.

The Minister continued: “Over recent weeks we have seen increased demand on our emergency departments. I want to ensure that long waiting times are robustly addressed and the experience for patients improved. Improving waiting times in emergency departments throughout this winter period involves the whole system, not just A&E departments. This additional funding will also provide resources in other areas of the hospital and community health and social care system so that people can be treated and discharged home or to the community as soon as they are well enough.

“This funding will go some way to alleviating the immediate pressures this winter, but we must look at this in the long term and that is why I am implementing Transforming Your Care.

“As we move forward, we need to move care out of the hospital setting and into the community where appropriate. The proposals set out in the consultation on Transforming Your Care include reducing the need for patients to attend emergency departments in the first place by providing appropriate support in the community, and ensuring people have alternative sources of help and advice on urgent health matters – for example their GP or pharmacist . This will help to reduce pressure on emergency departments and will help to ensure that care is provided at the right time, in the right place, with the best outcome.”

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