Local health trust bags over £12m to boost strained A&E services (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Local health trust bags over £12m to boost strained A&E services
Barts Health Trust, which runs Whipps Cross Hopsital, has received over £12 million from the government to help them cope with a predicted increase in A&E patients over the winter.
Out of a national pot of £250m to support over-stretched casualty departments, Barts bagged the largest amount of the 10 London Trusts which together, secured over £55m.
A spokeswoman from Barts Health Trust said: “We will be working in close collaboration with GP Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities to ensure the benefit to our patients is maximised.”
The money will be focused on identifying emergency patients who could be treated in the community, faster senior clinical assessments of all patients, more beds for older patients and patient after-care.
The number of people going to A&E departments in England rose by 32 per cent in the last decade, according to the Department of Health, putting increased pressure on frequently understaffed services.
This extra funding will be a welcome boost to emergency services at Whipps Cross Hospital, which was criticised in a Care Quality Commission report last month for under-staffing and a “systematic catalogue of failings” in patient care.
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