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Ensuring the NHS is prepared for cold weather pressures

NHSDoctors, social services and NHS leaders have been working together to ensure the NHS is prepared for the extra pressures brought on by the cold weather.

A package of measures including more action to keep people out of hospital, closer involvement of GPs and social services and a public information campaign encouraging people with non-urgent medical problems to use the full range of NHS services, have been put into place to help deal with any extra demand.

The government is also investing an extra £300m into the NHS to provide more bed space and staff so that the NHS can plan for seasonal peaks and troughs.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

“It’s great news for people across the country that the NHS is well-prepared for the extra pressures of winter. As part of creating a fairer society, I have prioritised health funding and worked closely with the Department of Health to earmark an additional £300m for the NHS.

“As part of our drive for a stronger economy, the government is now calling on all hospitals and local commissioners to continue to work together to ensure that proper planning includes good financial management, which is crucial to ensuring high quality patient care.”