Measures to Help NHS Deal with Extreme Pressure
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has outlined measures to help the NHS and social care deal with ongoing extreme winter pressure.
Among these are funding of at least £8 million for additional care home beds and efforts to boost NHS 24 capacity.
Health & Social Care Partnerships will share the £8 million to procure around 300 additional care home beds, in order to help alleviate pressures caused by delayed discharge.
The funding will allow boards to pay 25% over and above the National Care Home rate for beds. This is in addition to around 600 interim care beds already in operation across the country.
NHS 24 is taking forward plans to recruit around 200 new starts before the end of March. In the run up to Christmas, over 40 whole time equivalent call operators, call handlers and clinical supervisors had already been recruited.
Guidance has been issued to all Boards making it clear that they can take necessary steps to protect critical and life-saving care.
This is critical additional funding to support our health service through the extreme pressure it is facing at present.
The role of NHS 24 is of the utmost importance, and the issues around delayed discharge are among the most significant of the current challenges.
The support on these two fronts should help here in Angus and across Tayside.
Through this most difficult of winters for our NHS, this Scottish Government is determined to do all it can to support services.
– Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf
This is the most challenging winter the NHS in Scotland has ever faced and the immediate pressure will continue for the coming weeks. My thanks to all health and social care staff for their incredible efforts during these exceptionally challenging times.
We are ensuring all possible actions are being taken to support services, and the additional measures I have outlined today will help relieve some of the extreme pressure Health Boards are facing. We know one of the most significant issues our NHS is facing is delayed discharge, that is why I have announced further support to buy additional capacity in the care sector.
NHS 24 has a vital role in referring people to appropriate urgent care services outside of hospitals and plans to increase staff numbers over the course of winter, will help the service deal with increases in demand.
Emergency care will always be there for those who need it, but for many people, the best advice and support might be available on the NHS Inform website or the NHS 24 App, or by calling NHS 24, so I would encourage people to make use of these services as many are already doing.