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£2m winter cash boost for North Yorks hospitals
12:22pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
NORTH Yorkshire’s health bosses are set to receive £2 million of Government funding over the next two years to help ease the pressure on hospital A&E departments over the winter.
The provisional amounts for 53 NHS trusts, announced yesterday, included a £2.061 million allocation for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which also covers Scarborough, following a bid by the region’s Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Full details of how and where the funding will be used have yet to emerge, but Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it should go towards “additional capacity”, such as more weekend A&E consultant cover, primary care services such as district nurses, and the NHS 111 service. Trusts which receive funding will have to ensure at least 75 per cent of their staff have had flu jabs this year.
York Outer MP Julian Sturdy said: “York and North Yorkshire has one of the highest proportions of over 85-year-olds in northern England and the additional funding will greatly assist vulnerable patients who suffer from seasonal health problems such as flu.
“In York, we currently suffer from a postcode lottery which prevents us receiving our fair share of NHS money. This additional funding is great news for local residents.”