£2.4m boost for care support welcomed by Worcester MP Robin Walker

October 19 2018
£2.4m boost for care support welcomed by Worcester MP Robin Walker

A £2.4million cash injection intended to help alleviate winter pressures on the NHS in Worcestershire has been welcomed by Worcester’s MP.

The money is part of a £240million nationwide adult social care support package to get patients home quicker, freeing up hospital beds. It is being delivered through the Department of Health and Social Care.

The announcement comes after Conservative Robin Walker, who represents Worcester at Westminster, wrote to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to reiterate his desire to see additional revenue funding for adult social care in the upcoming Budget.

In his pre-Budget letter, Mr Walker called on the Chancellor to extend allocations from the Better Care Fund to best assist the transfer of patients from county hospitals into social care settings.

Commenting on the additional adult social care package, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP said: “We recognise the significant progress the councils have already made in tackling delayed transfers of care (DTOC), achieving a 39 per cent reduction in DTOC attributable to adult social care since February 2017 and the good relations between colleagues across the health and care system, which mean that local systems are working together towards common aims.”

Mr Walker said: “This £2.4million allocation of winter resilience funding is extremely welcome and will help to support our local adult social care system to withstand the additional pressures that cold weather always brings and, in turn, will have a positive knock-on effect on our hospitals as the NHS and social care systems work together to improve the flow of patients.”

He added: “That being said, I have written to the Chancellor ahead of this month’s Budget to stress the need for further ongoing revenue funding for adult social care in the county.

“Worcestershire County Council already go above and beyond their statutory obligations in assisting the acute trust with the transfer of patients out of county hospitals and I want to see this work recognised and prioritised in the Budget.”