Bolton health services get £1.8 million to help deal with winter

The Bolton News: Su Long Su Long

HEALTH services in Bolton have been given a £1.8 million cash boost by the government to cope with winter pressures.

NHS England has announced a £150 million hand-out across England to help hospitals maintain services over the notoriously busy winter period.

This follows the Royal Bolton Hospital missing out on a cut of the Government’s £250 million bail-out fund for struggling accident and emergency departments, which in previous years, would have been given to trusts to help cope with winter pressures.

However, the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust did not receive this funding due to its improved A&E performance over the past year.

The £1.88 million slice of the latest cash hand-out will go to the NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) — which allocates funding for health services in Bolton.

The CCG has also allocated £808,000 for integrated winter projects with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Bolton Council.

CCG bosses say the additional £1.88 million from NHS England will fund winter projects — such as an extra ward and beds at the hospital — as well as new integrated healthcare pilots.

Su Long, chief officer at the Bolton CCG, said: “This money is very welcome and will be used effectively in Bolton. We have been planning with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Bolton Council for several months the best ways to meet the extra demand for healthcare that winter brings.

“Due to this national funding, the money the CCG had diverted to winter projects can now fund some integrated care pilots.”

Jackie Bene, interim chief executive at the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Winter always brings increased pressures on health services and the trust welcomes the additional funding that has been made available which will help us to ensure that we continue to provide a high level of care to patients over the next few months.” One of the new pilot projects includes an integrated rapid response team to help people recover from hospital treatment in their own homes.

The CCG will also continue to support the planned overnight visiting service with Bolton Council as part of the intermediate care plan.

Cllr Andy Morgan, who sits on the health scrutiny committee, welcomed the news. He said: “The fact that the council, the CCG and foundation trust are all working together on these winter projects is key to the integrated health economy in Bolton.”

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11:30am Sat 11 Jan 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Andy Morgan sheds crocodile tears for the NHS on an almost daily basis in the BN.

He has a financial vested interest in private healthcare, like almost everyone else in the Conservative Party and , and thus in the privatisation = destruction of the NHS.

If anyone is in any doubt as to the intentions of the Conservative party for the NHS, they should know that the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has co-authored a book that describes the NHS as a '60-year-old mistake'.

Andy Morgan should not be sitting on the Bolton's Health Scrutiny Committee. He is a danger to the NHS, and to the health of the people of Bolton. He claims: " I am a little surprised at the level of the remuneration package...".

He knows very well that it is the size of the remuneration package which will ensure that the wishes of the Conservative Party, which are those of Monitor, McKinsey, and the Nuffield Trust are carried out.

I quote the Nuffield Trust website:
1. " NHS reorganisation: Creation of an internal market is facilitated through the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990".

2. " NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson, warns the NHS to prepare for the need to release unprecedented efficiency savings of between £15 billion and £20 billion between 2011 and 2014."

Sir David Nicholson, the chief executive of the NHS was grilled about revelations that at least 52 staff have been silenced by law and handed £2million in secret severance payments.

Unlike other payoffs to gag health workers – of which hundreds have been handed out in recent years – the so-called judicial mediation deals were agreed by hospital trusts without Treasury or Department of Health scrutiny.

One for £500,000 was handed to whistleblower Gary Walker, the former head of United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust, where hundreds of patients are feared to have died.

No member or supporter of the Conservative Party be allowed to sit on any body which has to do with the survival of the NHS, either in Bolton or anywhere else in England - they are enemies of the people and of the NHS.
Andy Morgan sheds crocodile tears for the NHS on an almost daily basis in the BN. He has a financial vested interest in private healthcare, like almost everyone else in the Conservative Party and , and thus in the privatisation = destruction of the NHS. If anyone is in any doubt as to the intentions of the Conservative party for the NHS, they should know that the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has co-authored a book that describes the NHS as a '60-year-old mistake'. Andy Morgan should not be sitting on the Bolton's Health Scrutiny Committee. He is a danger to the NHS, and to the health of the people of Bolton. He claims: " I am a little surprised at the level of the remuneration package...". He knows very well that it is the size of the remuneration package which will ensure that the wishes of the Conservative Party, which are those of Monitor, McKinsey, and the Nuffield Trust are carried out. I quote the Nuffield Trust website: 1. " NHS reorganisation: Creation of an internal market is facilitated through the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990". 2. " NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson, warns the NHS to prepare for the need to release unprecedented efficiency savings of between £15 billion and £20 billion between 2011 and 2014." Sir David Nicholson, the chief executive of the NHS was grilled about revelations that at least 52 staff have been silenced by law and handed £2million in secret severance payments. Unlike other payoffs to gag health workers – of which hundreds have been handed out in recent years – the so-called judicial mediation deals were agreed by hospital trusts without Treasury or Department of Health scrutiny. One for £500,000 was handed to whistleblower Gary Walker, the former head of United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust, where hundreds of patients are feared to have died. No member or supporter of the Conservative Party be allowed to sit on any body which has to do with the survival of the NHS, either in Bolton or anywhere else in England - they are enemies of the people and of the NHS. Puffin-Billy
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