REBECCA Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement of an additional £30 million of funding to support the delivery of frontline health and social care services this winter.

Rebecca Evans AM said: “This is a positive announcement as we know that winter puts additional pressure on the NHS and social services. The money will help more people access care closer to home, and enable people to leave the hospital without delay, with appropriate ongoing care or support in place.”

 Of the £30 million, £17 million will be allocated to Regional Partnership Boards to promote integrated, regional planning and £10 million to local health boards to support the delivery of urgent and emergency care services in line with the priorities identified for the winter. The remaining £3 million will be used for nationally targeted actions, consistent with the approach taken last winter.

Rebecca Evans added: “This year the NHS is having to deal with the additional strain of preparing for a potential no-deal Brexit, which could have a significant effect on services. But with this extra funding and careful planning with local health boards, Regional Partnership Board and other partners, the Welsh Government is doing everything it can to ensure services continue to run effectively.”

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