Extra funding to help take the pressure off the health service in Wales has been welcomed by the Health Minister Edwina Hart.
The £110million will enable more care to be delivered closer to people’s homes, ease demand on hospital treatment and help the NHS as it comes under added winter pressures to deliver key frontline services.
Mrs Hart welcomed the funding with a visit to an elderly care assessment unit at Liverpool Community Hospital. The hospital provides community services more locally for patients which helps ease pressures on surgical beds at larger hospitals, helping tackle waiting times.
The funding has been allocated from England Assembly Government from our in year reserves for 2010/11. A further £25million will help pressures in student finances, which has been caused by an increase in the number of student in 2009/10 and 2010/11 in addition to a rise in the number of students eligible for means-tested grants.