MP invites measures to help A&E in busy winter months

STEPHEN Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has invited measures that will see an extra £2,490,00 invested into the local A&E department to help with the busy winter months.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recently declared that £250 million will be distributed to 53 NHS Trusts up and down the country, including Basildon and Thurrock NHS Foundation, to help them cope with the strain of the cold winter weather.

Within this £250m, Mr Hunt has committed to spending £70m on acute capacity and coverage; £27.5m on local primary care provision; £65m on strengthened community and hospice care; and £57.5m on pathway improvements for long term conditions requiring urgent care.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “It is vital that local A&E’s can deal with the increased demands of winter and it is very reassuring to know that this Government are planning ahead to ensure the safety and well being of people in South Basildon and East Thurrock and across the country.”

Stephen Metcalfe added: “As well as tackling the short term problems brought about by cold weather, this Government is committed to transforming the NHS in the long term. The Secretary of State has called for a 24/7 service which recognises patients as individuals and looks out for them proactively, starting with the most vulnerable. I fully support this Government in helping the NHS achieve these goals.”

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