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Post-hospital care gets funding boost

5th October 2010

The government has said it will provide extra funding to the health service in order to make improvements to the standard of treatment provided to older people when they leave hospital.

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The £70 million is intended to support "re-ablement" services which offer patients six week packages of care following treatment in hospital for illnesses or injuries.

Around two-thirds of areas around England are already providing re-ablement care.

MPs are keen to increase this number in conjunction with a drive to decrease the number of hospital re-admissions.

Both the NHS and social services are responsible for providing care for patients after they have been treated for injuries such as hip fractures, and have returned home.

However, these type of patients are sometimes passed over by both organisations, when each believes the other is responsible for providing care.

This can lengthen the amount of time it takes patients to recover and can lead to re-admission to hospital.

The government said that it believed the funding would help 35,000 more patients annually.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said it was about making people "once again independent in their own homes".

He added: "Too many patients don't get the seamless effective service they should when they leave hospital."

 

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