Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th October 2021.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase NHS capacity.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The National Health Service will receive an extra £5.4 billion over the next six months to support its response to COVID-19. This includes £478 million to continue the enhanced hospital discharge programme and increasing bed capacity. This includes an extra £1 billion to tackle the elective care backlog and more than £8 billion will be allocated for recovery in the next three years. This additional investment could provide approximately nine million additional checks, scans and procedures.

The NHS 10-point plan to manage emergency care demand and capacity includes providing ambulance trusts an extra £55 million to increase staff numbers ahead of the winter. The seasonal flu vaccination programme and COVID-19 booster vaccines for priority groups will also reduce pressure on NHS services by limiting the number of admissions to hospital services.

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