Don Foster MP


Extra social care funding means better help at home for people in Bath and North East Somerset

January 6, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News

An extra £457,275 for social care in Bath & North East Somerset will mean people can leave hospital earlier and receive better care at home.

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

Thanks to the Liberal Democrats, 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 B&NES.

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, Don Foster MP 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.

“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 Bath further shows how the Liberal Democrats recognise that we all prefer to be out of hospital, receiving care in our own home.”

Welcoming the news, Cllr Simon Allen, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing added:

“This additional winter funding is very welcome. It will provide people in Bath and North East Somerset with the support they need and get them out of hospital in a timely way.

“Liberal Democrats, both in Government and in Bath and North East Somerset Council, have long argued for integrated services in Health and Social Care. This additional money will encourage this even more and support people to be cared for in the way that is best for them.”

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Health Minister, Paul Burstow said:

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

“It is absolutely crucial that the NHS and local authorities 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.”