Community care to receive extra funding

Community care to receive extra funding

November 23, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined plans to make a significant investment in primary and community healthcare.

This commitment, which forms a key part of the NHS long-term plan, is intended to help offer an alternative to hospital by ensuring patients can receive care close to home. Acknowledging that “many patients would be much better off being cared for in the community”, the Prime Minister pledged a funding boost worth £3.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023/24.

Part of this funding will be used to provide a scheme where healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and GPs, are assigned to care homes to provide more personalised support. This is an approach advocated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Further details are expected to be announced when the NHS long-term plan is published.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“We agree with the Prime Minister that providing an alternative to hospital is better for patients and the NHS, however we are surprised that the network of over 11,600 community pharmacies seems to have been overlooked. As the most accessible healthcare provider, community pharmacies can offer part of the solution to keep patients healthy and out of hospitals. PSNC will be speaking with Health Ministers to address this and highlighting the role that community pharmacy teams can play in caring for people with long-term conditions.”

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