Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed the announcement of £2.4million in new funding for adult social care in Worcestershire this winter.
The money, part of a £240million nationwide support package from the Department of Health and Social Care, is intended to help local councils alleviate winter pressures on the NHS, getting patients home quicker and freeing up hospital beds. Supporting the NHS to deliver high-quality services for patients this winter is a critical priority for the Government.
The announcement comes after Robin wrote to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond earlier this month to reiterate his desire to see additional revenue funding for adult social care in the upcoming Budget. In his pre-Budget letter, Robin 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 announced this week, 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% 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.”
Speaking after the funding announcement, Robin 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.”
“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.”
Notes to editors
For full details of the Department of Health and Social Care allocations, see: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/748945/winter-funding-allocations-by-local-authority.pdf