Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Government that Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske has been allocated £1m to ease pressure on its A&E department in time for next winter.
This announcement is part of a wider allocation of the £100 million A&E capital funding, outlined in the spring Budget by the Chancellor, awarded at this stage to 70 NHS hospitals across the country.
The funding will be used by hospitals to meet the 95% standard of admitting, transferring, or discharging patients within 4 hours by ensuring patients are treated in the most appropriate setting.
The plans outlined by trusts include primary care streaming and co-locating GP practices within A&E departments to ensure patients are treated in the most appropriate setting.
This investment is one part of the A&E plan being implemented across the NHS this year to get performance to 95% during 2018.
Commenting, Steve said:
“This is excellent news from the Government and I know will be welcomed by the many residents of Mid-Cornwall who find themselves in Treliske.”
“Along with my Cornish MP colleagues I have consistently made the case for additional funding for the NHS in Cornwall on top of the year on year funding increases the Government has given it.”
“Today’s announcement, along with the recent additional funding for mental health facilities in Treliske and a dedicated inpatient facility for young people with mental health issues in Bodmin, shows that this Government is listening and investing into Cornwall’s NHS.”
“There is more to do though, and I look forward to continuing my work to ensure Cornwall’s NHS services, particularly the community hospitals in St Austell, Newquay and Fowey are not neglected.”