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Croydon health care services gets funding increase of nearly £12million and it will ‘accommodate the needs of Croydon’s growing population’

Croydon health care services gets funding increase of nearly £12million and it will ‘accommodate the needs of Croydon’s growing population’
Apr 03, 2018 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 02/04/2018.

Croydon health care services gets funding increase of nearly £12million and it will ‘accommodate the needs of Croydon’s growing population’

It is the biggest investment of its kind in the NHS in more than 10 years.

The Government has announced it will be increasing funding for Croydon healthcare services by nearly £12 million.

The funding increase was announced on Wednesday (March 28) by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt as part of a £760 million funding increase for the NHS nationwide.

It is the biggest investment of its kind in the NHS in more than 10 years.

It has been revealed that £9.79 million is being allocated to prepare Croydon NHS services for future population growth and to improve out-of-hospital care.

This money will go through the One Croydon Alliance Out of Hospital Transformation Programme and will mean that many patients will no longer have to stay in hospital to receive the treatment that they need.

A further £2.149 million is expected to be spent on making local NHS services more efficient.

John Goulston, chief executive of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said this money will be invested into smarter technology for the four acute trusts involved in the South West London Acute Providers’ Collaborative – Croydon Health Services, Epsom & St Helier, Kingston and St George’s.

He said: “The new fund will help us invest in smarter technology to save at least £10m a year across the four acute trusts in south west London.

“This money will be reinvested back into frontline services to help us fund new treatments and better facilities.

“Currently, each trust in south west London has its own procurement function with its own systems and processes which leads to variation and inefficiency in the way we buy medical supplies and goods.

“All of us using the same technology will stop duplication, and help us get best value for money for the taxpayer and collectively for the trusts.”

It is hoped the extra funding will ease the strain on the trust which runs Croydon University HospitalPurley War Memorial Hospital and three GP hubs.

The trust was placed into financial special measures in August 2016 and although it was taken out of these measures seven months later, it was found to still be struggling to meet growing demand for care.

In November 2017, the trust decided to pay £240,000 for assistance from Kingsway – an agency which helps trusts to reduce costs, improve productivity and restructure how they manage their finances.

Chris Philp, Croydon South MP, believes the additional funding “will accommodate the needs of Croydon’s growing population”.

“I strongly welcome this investment from the Government into NHS services in Croydon,” he said.

“The changes being made mean that local services will be able to secure the funding they need in a more efficient way – which will benefit residents and the local NHS.

“An additional £10 million will go directly to improving local NHS services. This money will allow patients to get the care they need without having to stay in hospital away from home.

“It will also mean that more hospital beds will be available in the future, which will accommodate the needs of Croydon’s growing population.”

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