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Govt Eases NHS Pressure With Social Care Investment

The government has announced it will invest heavily into adult social care this winter, in an attempt to ease the heavy pressures the NHS experiences during the colder months.

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Social Care revealed £240 million will be ploughed into creating home care packages, reablement packages, and adapting homes for the elderly.

This will help reduce the strain on the NHS by cutting down on the number of people who require hospital beds and need medical assistance because they have not received the appropriate care early enough.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: “I want to help the NHS through this winter.”

“We will use this money to get people who don’t need to be in hospital, but do need care, back home, back into their communities, so we can free up those vital hospital beds,” Mr Hancock stated.

The politician added that this will, in turn, help NHS patients who do need hospital care to receive the medical assistance they require.

This investment brings the total funding given to health and care for the winter to £420 million, including a £145 million boost to the NHS for upgrading wards, buying 900 extra beds, and updating A&E departments with UK sterilisation medical equipment and other modern apparatus.

Last June, ambulance trusts also received £36.3 million to purchase state-of-the-art vehicles so they are better equipped and able to cope with the harsh weather of the cold season.

The government is trying to support the NHS ahead of winter after 2017/18 was a particularly challenging year for the service. Not only did Britain experience the worst flu outbreak since 2010/11, but A&E departments treated 290,000 more patients; 400,000 more people called NHS 111; and 100,000 more citizens were rushed to hospital in an emergency.

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