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Extra £2m social care cash must mean better help at home for people in West Sussex – Bob Smytherman

An extra £2,032, 426 for social care in West Sussex will mean people can leave hospital earlier and receive better care at home.

This comes from an extra £150m announced by the Coalition Government recently to be spent on shortening hospital stays across the country during the busy winter period.

Thanks to the Liberal Democrats in Government, the cash can be used to access various preventative services such as better home care support, crisis response teams and specialist equipment for people in West Sussex.

This is on top of the £648m already given to Primary Care Trusts this financial year to support social care services, and the cash is due to savings made in the Department of Health’s budget.

Commenting, West Sussex Lib Dem Adult Services Spokesperson Bob Smytherman said:

“At this time of year it is of particular importance to do everything we can to ensure people are cared for at home in a safe and familiar environment, with their family and friends close by.

“Nationally the Coalition is already doing the right thing and providing an extra £7.2bn in social care funding over the next four years. This extra cash for West Sussex further shows how the Liberal Democrats recognise that we all prefer to be out of hospital, receiving care in our own home.”

 “By reinvesting these savings in social care we can offer more help and support to older people leaving hospital.

“It is absolutely crucial that the NHS and the County Council work together to help people leave hospital when they are ready. The benefits are on all sides – patients get to go home with the support they and their families need, and hospital beds are freed up.

“This money will help cut the delays in getting the equipment and adaptations that people can need to enable them to live independently at home – saving them from an unnecessary stay in hospital or going into residential care.

 

The money will be allocated to Primary Care Trusts, for them to transfer to local authorities to spend on social care support. Primary Care Trusts and local authorities will decide how best to use the additional funding.

A table detailing the amounts allocated to each PCT (money which will be transferred to each local authority) is available

For more information, please see the Department of Health website:  http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/01/care-services-to-receive-170m-in-additional-funding/