Hospitals will receive £145m to 'upgrade wards' and 'open extra beds' in preparation for winter

The government has announced an additional £145 million in funding for NHS trusts across the country.

The government is giving more than £145 million to NHS trusts across the country ahead of winter to improve emergency care.

The money will be spent on upgrading wards, redeveloping A&E departments, improving same-day emergency care, improving systems for managing the number of beds in use and an extra 900 beds.

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'Worst winter on record'.

During "the worst winter on record" last year, the Government ordered hospitals to suspend all non-urgent care and temporarily removed the financial penalties associated with the 4-hour A&E target. This cash injection is an attempt to soften the impact of the coming winter on an already-stretched system.

Earlier this year the government provided £36.3 million to ambulances trusts to prepare for winter. The money will pay for 256 new ambulances as well as ‘make ready’ hubs at ambulance trust headquarters to allow better restocking and maintenance of vehicles.

The money will transform care for patients.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Staff put in a huge amount of work preparing our health service for the challenge of treating more patients over winter and it’s right that we make sure they have the resources they need so people receive the care they deserve.

"That’s why I will be providing an additional £145 million now to upgrade wards, redevelop A&Es and further improve emergency care in time for winter.

"And through the long-term plan for the NHS we will go further, providing an extra £20.5 billion a year by 2023 to 2024 to transform care for patients and guarantee the future of our health service."

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