£500m A&E bail-out better spent on GPs and nurses, RCGP chairwoman says

The £500m bail-out for A&E departments in England would be better spent on 3,000 extra GPs and 3,000 extra nurses in primary care, according to RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada.

Prof Gerada: 'Nothing to support general practice which is in crisis due to demand for care.'
Prof Gerada: 'Nothing to support general practice which is in crisis due to demand for care.'

Prime minister David Cameron announced today that the sum, found from DH savings, would be used to ensure under-pressure A&E departments were fully prepared for winter.

The DH said the new funding would go to A&E departments identified as being under the most pressure and be targeted at ‘pinch points’ in local services.

New initiatives could include minimising A&E attendances and hospital admissions from care homes by appointing hospital specialists in charge of joining up services for the elderly; seven-day social work; increased hours at walk-in centres; increased intermediate care; and extension to pharmacy services to ease pressure on A&Es.

£15m will be spent on NHS 111 to increase capacity and prepare the service for potential winter pressures.

However it is unclear what role CCGs will play in deciding how the funding is spent. No detail has been released about the areas qualifying for the funding.

Dame Barbara Hakin, chief operating officer and deputy chief executive of NHS England, said: ‘We will continue to work with our colleagues at Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services to ensure money is targeted at areas where we believe it can best be used to improve services for patients and provide equity of access.’

 

 

 

 

 

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