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.”

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