Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Government creates £170m fund to help older patients leave NHS hospitals

Government creates £170m fund to help older patients leave NHS hospitals:

Councils will get £1m each to spend on social care to reduce the number of elderly patients occupying beds longer than needed. The government will announce a further £170m funding for councils on Monday, to help them improve care and support for elderly people coming out of hospital. Of the £170m total, £150m will be divided among the 152 councils with social care responsibilities and will be allocated through NHS primary care trusts, which must agree how the money should best be spent to ease pressure on hospitals. The remaining £20m will be used to top up local funding pots for the disabled facilities grant, a means-tested award administered by councils to help with the cost of adaptations to enable people to continue living at home. Guardian


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