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Health Minister welcomes £30million funding allocation in January Monitoring

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Health Minister Edwin Poots today welcomed a £30million funding allocation for his Department in the January Monitoring Round.

The allocation from the Executive will be spent on unscheduled admissions and winter pressures, children’s services, quality and safety of services, domiciliary care services and elective care.

Welcoming Finance Minister Simon Hamilton’s announcement today, Mr Poots said: “This is significant funding which will play a critical role in helping to address a range of pressures in services that affect the most vulnerable in our society, including patients, looked after children and our elderly population. 

“At this time of year, there is a notable rise in emergency admissions pushed up by many factors including increased numbers of patients with complex conditions, higher levels of infection and adverse weather conditions. This funding will be used to address this seasonal pressure and directly help patients.”

The Minister went on to say: “The Health and Social Care system is also experiencing increased demand for domiciliary care support and in referrals to social services. As a result of this funding allocation, our elderly population and looked after children will receive the services they need more efficiently. 

“This money will be used to alleviate significant pressures by directly helping patients, elderly people and children receive the treatment, care packages and services they require more efficiently. The funding will be focussed on front-line services and will directly benefit a large number of patients and other service users.”

The Minister said that the extent of each of these pressures will be different in each Trust and added: “Given that my full bids were not met in January Monitoring, I will expect the HSCB to work with each Local Commissioning Group and Trust to ensure that allocations are made in order to best address local priorities in the interest of patients and clients.”

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