NHS England today approved a local plan to use part of the Government’s national £5.3 billion Better Care Fund to improve care for the elderly and those with complex health needs in Reading and reduce hospital admissions.
In Reading health and care organisations are investing £10.2m in delivering better care. They aim to reduce hospital admission in this area by 2.8% saving £720,000 to be re-invested in local health and care services.
These local plans are at the heart of the Liberal Democrats’ plan to join up care in local communities, enabling doctors, nurses and carers to work together to support some of the most vulnerable people in society, including the elderly, and those with complex long term conditions.
Meri O’Connell said:
“I know how many dedicated individuals – doctors, nurses, carers and many more people – work hard day after day to deliver good care for people in Reading.
“The Liberal Democrats have been committed to freeing up organisations to do the things they know will work for local communities. This plan could make a real difference to the lives of those in Reading with the most complex health needs, and help give people the independence and dignity everyone deserves in life.”
Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said,
“Currently, as a patient you have to negotiate a bewildering array of different organisations to access the care or treatment you need. All too often people can fall through the gaps, ending up in A&E because of uncoordinated care.
“The Liberal Democrats want to join up different care services around the needs of the individual, so health and care organisations work together to provide the best possible care.
“This approach will help deliver value for money, so that our NHS and care system are protected for the future. But it is also about building a fairer society – providing dignity to the vulnerable, and making sure people have the support to live their lives to the full.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
“This approach will transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable in society. By getting local health and care teams working together to focus on prevention, we can stop families and the NHS from having to pay the price of unnecessary breakdowns in care.
“The Liberal Democrats are committed to joining up the whole health and care budget in the next Parliament, joining up the whole system around the needs of individual patients. Our health and care services have an essential role to play in giving everyone a fair chance in life.”