Extra Health Cash Welcome - Tom Brake MP

January 28, 2011 12:17 PM

Local MP Tom Brake has welcomed the Coalition Government's decision to increase social care funding, resulting in a rise of over £1million for Sutton and Merton's local care services.

This is Sutton and Merton's share of the extra £162million provided to local health and care services to spend this financial year on front line services. The money has come at a much needed time for the NHS, in the middle of the winter and flu season, and will help alleviate pressure on services affected by the extreme weather.

The money allocated to care services and hospitals could be spent on resources to allow people to leave hospital more quickly and to allow people to get settled back at home with the support they need with investment in equipment and home adaptations. It will also allow funding for preventative services such as crisis response teams, to avoid unnecessary admission to hospital; and additional short-term residential care places, or respite care.

Additional funds have also been found for long-term investment in occupational therapists, who are vital to reablement and rehabilitation services[1], with an additional £70million for these crucial services which support people to live at home independently. This is part of a wider assessment of the NHS after the Spending Review, as the Coalition Government intend to spend £2 billion next year on services that benefit health and better social care.

Welcoming the move Tom said:

"I am glad that through our efficiency drive, our Primary Care Trust will be able to provide the people of Sutton with a consistently high level of care. With the extra money that has been found, we will get people back to their homes quickly, safely and with the necessary support services."

[1] This is part of a commitment to spend a further provision of £300million by 2014-15 for continued investment in these vital services.

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