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Home Care Services: Finance

Health written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Jim Dobbin Jim Dobbin Labour, Heywood and Middleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how much extra funding has been allocated for re-ablement to support hospital discharge since May 2010; and how this funding was allocated and to whom;

(2) how much of the extra £70 million funding announced for re-ablement has been (a) spent by and (b) allocated to each primary care trust and on what services this money has been spent.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department announced on 5 October 2010 that £70 million of extra funding would be allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs) to be spent across the health and social care system to enable the national health service to support people back into their homes after a spell in hospital through re-ablement. Allocations to PCTs were made on 4 November 2010, and details on this are available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_121017.pdf

Following the extra £70 million re-ablement monies we allocated to PCTs in 2010-11, on 4 January 2011 the Department announced a further allocation of £162 million to PCTs for winter pressures funding on social care services that also, benefit the NHS.

Examples of the kinds of services PCTs could invest in included further investment in re-ablement services, to help people regain their independence and reduce the need for ongoing care. Details on this are available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/MediaCentre/Pressreleases/DH_123223

The spending review and 2011-12 NHS operating framework announced further funding to PCTs in financial years 2011-12 and 2012-13 to develop local re-ablement services in the context of the post-discharge support plans submitted to strategic health authorities last December. This funding totals £150 million in 2011-12 and £300 million in 2012-13, and is contained within recurrent PCT baseline allocations. Details on this are also available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Lettersandcirculars/Dearcolleagueletters/DH_123460 and

www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_123463.pdf

It is for PCTs in partnership with local agencies to commission services to meet the healthcare needs of their local populations, taking account of local and national priorities.

Copies of the documents have been placed in the Library.

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