NHS Wales to build new health and social care centres with £40m capital fund

A £40m capital funding boost for NHS Wales will help to build a 'new generation' of integrated health and social care centres and modernise some existing facilities, the Welsh government has said.

Dr Charlotte Jones: premises funding welcome
Dr Charlotte Jones: premises funding welcome

The funding increase was included in the Welsh budget announced last month. GP leaders in Wales welcomed the £40m capital funding allocation, warning that the gap between existing premises and what was needed to meet patients' needs was widening.

Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething said: 'The significant funding announced in the final budget is great news for local health boards in Wales.

'We know a number of them are looking forward to bringing forward investment in developments to improve the integration of health and social services in their areas. The money announced in the final budget will allow them to do just that.'

Mr Gething said no specific detail on projects the extra funding would pay for could be published at this stage, but he added: 'We expect the funding announced today will bring forward a pipeline of new projects in every local health board in Wales which will make a real difference for patients.'

GP premises

GPC Wales chair Dr Charlotte Jones said: 'The expanding remit for community provided services in today’s NHS means that the need for adequate premises has never been greater, with a widening gap between current provision and current requirement.

'BMA Cymru Wales welcomes the Welsh government’s announcement of increased investment in modernising NHS buildings and equipment, and the move towards greater integration of the health and social care sectors in the planning and delivery of services. We look forward to seeing details of these projects to ensure good value for money. We must also not forget the need for investment in current premises, where needed, where little or no investment has been made and not just focus solely on new builds.

'Primary care plays a key role in the integration of the health and social care sectors and can prevent people from needing to go into hospitals in the first instance, allowing them to stay in, or near, their homes. Ensuring sufficient capacity must however continue be a key consideration when determining models of care. It is not a one size fits all approach.

'Primary care can only deliver with proper investment and engagement. Listening to the needs of frontline staff, in both primary and secondary care, is key.'

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