No new NHS beds for Somerset
NHS England has announced £250 million of government funding to to increase capacity in hospitals. The funding will create 900 beds in hospitals. The extra capacity will help to treat patients more quickly, and cut waiting lists.
The extra capacity is part of the urgent and emergency care recovery plan. It is also intended to get capacity in ahead of the winter months to prevent a winter treatment crisis. Which should be good news. Taunton’s Musgrove Hospital has been in the bottom ten per cent for A&E waiting times for some time.
So it was something of a surprise to see the distribution of the new money. Funds are being provided to Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. They will benefit from a £13m cash injection between them/
However there is nothing for the Somerset area with no extra funds to support either RUH Bath, Musgrove Hospital, Taunton or Yeovil District Hospital.
There has been no comment on the lack of funding from any of our local MPs, which is equally disappointing.