Funding Boost To Free 15,000 NHS Beds
£2.9 billion has been made available from the government to help strengthen care for vulnerable people, enabling them to be discharged from hospital and freeing up NHS resources.
The funding, which was pledged by the Chancellor in his Spring budget forms part of the £5 billion COVID-19 fund, as the UK continues to get a grip of the pandemic.
The money will be split in two, to provide help across multiple areas.
£1.6 billion will be awarded to Local Authorities to help alleviate some of the pressures the pandemic has forced onto them. The funding will help the Adult and Social Care provision and provide support to those in the community who are homeless.
£1.3bn will be given to the NHS to help make the discharging process more efficient and effective, with regards to those patients who aren’t in dire need of treatment. This enables those who aren’t receiving or in need of urgent treatment to return to their home and receive care in their community. This measure is set to free up 15,000 beds which can be used in the fight against the Corona virus.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“Our NHS and social care colleagues are at the heart of protecting the most vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak, and the whole country is tremendously grateful for their commitment during this challenging time.
“This funding will help the NHS and social care services in our communities to rise to this once in a generation challenge by allowing the NHS to do what it needs to, and help move people out of hospital as soon as possible to get them back home with the right support.
“We are clear that we will do whatever it takes to protect lives and protect our NHS.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:
“I’ve been clear that the NHS and other vital public services will receive whatever they need to protect people from coronavirus.
“Our £5 billion budget response fund is now being used to free up more beds in hospitals and ensure some of our most vulnerable people are getting the care they need. The government will continue to lay out comprehensive and coordinated responses to get this country through this situation.”
Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick said:
“The work of local authorities to deliver social care and other vital public services has never been more important than it is now – and will be – in the days and weeks ahead.
“That’s why we’re giving local councils £1.6 billion of additional funding to spend where it’s needed most, to ensure they can meet the cost of the increased demand for social care and continue to protect the most vulnerable people in society.”
This may not be the only set of funding awarded to these provisions. As the situation changes daily where the pandemic is concerned, the government and other bodies are monitoring the situation closely and may award additional funding where needed.