Kevin welcomes Winter NHS Funding Boost for Torbay

Torbay MP, Kevin Foster, has welcomed new Government investment in Torbay Hospital as it emerged South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust had been granted an additional £1,098,000 funding to help cope with Winter pressures.

Torbay Hospital and the wider health system has prepared earlier and more extensively than ever before for Winter this year, with a focus on securing the right numbers of doctors and nurses, increasing bed availability, and making sure there is strong social care and community care support available to help discharge patients from hospital quickly.

The extra funding granted to Torbay is the equivalent of 25 annual nurse salaries, and was announced as part of a £337m immediate funding boost for NHS hospitals this Winter in the recent Budget, in addition to an extra £2.8bn investment over the next two years.

Commenting, Kevin said: ‘This is good news for Torbay patients and residents.  We all want to know the NHS is there for us and our families whenever we need it, so I’m pleased the Government is giving the NHS extra support at this critical time of year, when cold weather and flu can increase the pressures on hard-working hospital staff.”

About the author

Kevin Foster

Kevin Foster was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Torbay in May 2015.

Since being elected Kevin has set about working on his electoral campaign aims to regenerate Torbay’s town centres,develop year round employment opportunities create more integrated local care services and insuring Torbay has the infrastructure our local economy needs to grow in the future.

Kevin was born in Plymouth in December 1978 and spent his whole childhood in Devon.

His Father worked for 37 years as a Labourer/Painter in Devonport Dockyard until he took voluntary redundancy in 2010. His Mother worked for many years as a Teaching Assistant at the Primary School he attended as a child, continuing the job she loved until only 2 months before she lost her battle with Bowel Cancer in January 2014.

“Kevin lives on St Marychurch Road, close to the heart of Torquay Town Centre….” and is a regular at St Matthias Church in Wellswood and has now set up his constituency office in east Street Torre where he holds regular surgeries for residents to discuss their issues and problems.

Kevin started writing for the Torbay Times in 2013.




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