welsh a&e

Wales government to give NHS £12.5 million to cope with pressure

The Welsh government has announced that there will be an additional £12.5 million in funding to help NHS Wales cope with the extreme pressures over the coming months a Covid cases continue to rise.

The new money will be split between the NHS and the social care sector and will look to assist people in living independently after being discharged from hospital.

Pharmacies will also receive help to ensure they can continue to alleviate some of the strain be keeping people well without them having to visit their GP or the hospital unnecessarily.

According to the Health Minister, Eluned Morgan MS in a press conference announcement, staff absences are at an all-time high with over 10,000 NHS staff, which around 8 percent currently off ill. This is the highest level of staff absences Wales has seen in the NHS since April 2020.

The Health Minister said: “The pressures on the health and social care system remain extremely challenging. We all need to work together to support our health and social care services and help us to help you this winter.

“Simple things like visiting local pharmacies or minor injuries units for advice on minor health concerns, checking symptoms online using the NHS 111 Wales website or getting a Covid vaccine can make a high difference to our NHS and help people look after their health this winter.

“The funding announced today will help tackle the hospital and work force pressures within community services and social care by avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions and supporting people who currently cannot be discharged from hospitals due to insufficient care capacity return home.”  

The funding will see all 22 local authorities benefit from a shared £10 million to help in supporting individuals to live independently in their homes. It will also allow for new equipment such as stair lifts, hoists, and flow mattresses to be purchased. This is hoped to free up hospital beds to deal with capacity issues.

A further £2.5 will also be invested into pharmacies to improve patient access to treatment.

National Health Executive, Jan/Feb, Cover

NHE Jan/Feb 22

The pioneering programmes aimed at solving the NHS workforce pressures - starting at the top

This issue highlights the latest topics within the health sector, from pioneering programmes aimed at solving the NHS workforce pressures, treatment to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, how the UK is leading the way in cancer research & more!


View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Events

NHE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of healthcare services. Over 365 days you'll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with the knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all