Queen Alexandra Hospital to get share of £500m winter grant

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MORE than £1m will be given to Queen Alexandra Hospital to help with winter pressures and demands.

The Department of Health yesterday announced it would be giving the cash to hospitals trusts, to give them a boost over the winter.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA in Cosham, is set to get £1.4m.

For the first time NHS trusts must ensure 75 per cent of their staff have had the flu vaccine to be eligible for the funding.

Syd Rapson, chairman of the hospital trust’s board of governors, has welcomed the news.

He said: ‘It will be well-used.

‘The pressures are meant to be coming and if it can help the situation, and allow QA to boost its consultant and staff numbers, then it will be a good thing.

‘Any more money from the government will help tremendously.’

An extra £500m funding is being made available over the next two years and this money is part of the first round.

Yesterday, Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, said that £250m would be used by 53 NHS trusts this winter.

Mr Hunt said: ‘This winter is going to be tough – that’s why the government is 
acting now to make sure patients receive a great, safe service – even with the added pressures the cold weather brings.

‘But this is a serious, long-term problem, which needs fundamental changes to equip our A&Es for the future.

‘In the long term, I want a 24/7 service which recognises patients as individuals and looks out for them.

‘Starting with our most vulnerable, this government is going to support the NHS in doing exactly that.’

Steve Taylor from Health Watch Portsmouth, welcomed the news.

He said; ‘We are particularly concerned at the demand for A&E services.

‘The A&E unit during the summer is in particularly high demand.

‘In the winter things are only going to get worse.’