Funding boost to improve emergency care

 A 500,000 bonus will be paid to hospital trusts that deliver faster care to patients, the health secretary John Reid has revealed. The pot of cash will be made available in stages and trusts have been invited to state how they will ensure that all patients spend less than four hours in A&E.

Ambulance trusts which consistently reach 75 per cent of life threatening cases within eight minutes and trusts that improve their 24 hour crisis care for patients with mental health problems will also be able to access extra money.

"Better, faster emergency care for patients is one of my top priorities for the NHS and this new package reinforces that," Dr Reid stated. "Now trusts that deliver real, significant and sustained improvements will get financial rewards that match their achievements and help them to carry on improving their services and facilities".

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 Department of Health

 Press Release: Monday, 2nd February (Department of Health)

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
2 February 2004
REID ANNOUNCES EXTRA CASH TO HELP TRUSTS DEVELOP SERVICES

Hospital trusts providing faster, better emergency care for patients
will be able to access #500,000 each to develop services across the
hospital, Health Secretary John Reid announced today.

Every hospital trust in England delivering faster care in accident
and emergency will be able to access the #500,000 in stages between
April 2004 and March 2005. Ninety per cent of patients are now seen,
treated, admitted or discharged within four hours of their arrival at
A&E. Trusts have been asked to set out how they will ensure that all
patients spend less than four hours in A&E.

Ambulance trusts which consistently reach 75 per cent of life
threatening cases within eight minutes and trusts providing lead
responsibility for mental health services and improving their 24/7
crisis care for patients with mental health problems will also be
able to access extra money.

John Reid said:

'Better, faster emergency care for patients is one of my top
priorities for the NHS and this new package reinforces that. Services
have already improved dramatically over the last year, for example,
ambulances are reaching more patients more quickly, and A&E
departments are treating 100,000 more people every month within the
four hour target time.

'But patients expect and deserve more. That's why this Government set
such challenging targets for emergency services, and why we will give
front line NHS staff the support they need to reach those targets.
Now trusts that deliver real, significant and sustained improvements
will get financial rewards that match their achievements and help
them to carry on improving their services and facilities.

'This package also recognises that there is more to emergency care
than A&E and ambulances. Not every patient gets equally good services
and we're determined to do something about that. Mental health
patients can find it especially difficult to get urgent care when
they need it and that's why we're focusing new resources on improving
24/7 crisis care.'

  

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