Most years the pressure on NHS during winter is very well documented… but fear not!
The Treasury has announced that an extra £300m will be made available to the NHS to ensure that the service is well prepared for the pressures of a cold winter amid ‘unprecedented demand’. The funding, which is in addition to an initial £400m allocation announced earlier this year, will address ‘pressure points’ in the system. These include providing more hospital beds, as well as allowing additional clinical staff to be hired from the likes of Jigsaw Medical!
Announcing the funding, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the NHS was dealing with a million more visits to A&E each year compared to 2010, as well as an extra 2,000 ambulance journeys a day.
Dr Mark Porter (BMA) commented on the announcement: “Pressure on services has been so great this year that, in addition to a looming winter crisis, many emergency departments have already experienced spring, summer and autumn crises. Many hospitals are already at, and in places over, capacity. At the same time, general practice is struggling to meet unprecedented demand in the face of tighter funding.’
How will Jigsaw Medical be helping during the winter pressures?
- We will be providing front-line 999 Ambulances to various NHS trusts
- Our 4×4 Rapid Response Vehicles will be on standby for NHS clients, for our Paramedics to reach 999 calls should the weather turn for the worse
- Various staff will be on placement within NHS trusts and private hospitals; including Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses
Need a helping hand?
If you are an NHS trust, Ambulance Service or private hospital, contact our team to find out how we can help you during this years winter pressures.