Worcestershire handed more than £2 million to cut operation waiting times

Worcestershire handed more than £2 million to cut operation waiting times

Worcestershire handed more than £2 million to cut operation waiting times

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MORE than £2 million of extra government funding has been ploughed into Worcestershire to help clear the backlog of patients waiting for operations.

The county's three Clinical Commissioning Groups - the organisations responsible for organising and paying for NHS services across Worcestershire - have been allocated £2,028,000 from a £250 million pot of funding announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt this week.

Announcing the funding, Mr Hunt said it was "unacceptable" that some people were waiting a year or longer for an operation.

Earlier this month it was revealed 1,612 people in Worcestershire have been waiting longer than the NHS-mandated 18 weeks for a non-urgent operation.

Although this is the lowest number since January, and more than 350 fewer than the previous month, this figure steadily increased throughout 2013.

NHS England figures have shown more than 3.2 million people across the country are currently waiting for an operation, the most for six years, with 521 waiting more than a year.

A Department of Health spokesman said the cash would be used to perform an extra 100,000 operations throughout the summer.

NHS England has also announced it will dish out £2 million to charities including the British Red Cross, Age UK and the Royal Voluntary Service to help support the NHS during the winter - traditionally the busiest time of year for the health service.

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6:58pm Fri 8 Aug 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

People and children are waiting for life changing operations yet how much have we wasted on 'free boob jobs' for unclassy birds across the UK? £2million is nothing. The quality of people's lives is the single most important thing our government and councils should be looking after, and they don't.

I hope this money is spent wisely and for the people who really need it.
People and children are waiting for life changing operations yet how much have we wasted on 'free boob jobs' for unclassy birds across the UK? £2million is nothing. The quality of people's lives is the single most important thing our government and councils should be looking after, and they don't. I hope this money is spent wisely and for the people who really need it. WorcsBornandBred
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11:58am Sat 9 Aug 14

mijas4@live.com says...

More money is not the answer, we need root and branch reform starting with a debate on exactly what the role of the NHS is and how this service can be best delivered in the modern world.

Then the NHS needs to drive itself to deliver an efficient and customer orientated service. Those in the NHS should stop whinging about Privatisation and ask themselves why they can't operate in the same way as a private company - customer focused and efficient.

GPs and Consultants are over paid when compared to other Countries, they have a stranglehold on the NHS and we should look at ways to break this as we have done with union power in other industries.

I don't think I will ever see this in my lifetime as there are too many emotions and vested interests.
More money is not the answer, we need root and branch reform starting with a debate on exactly what the role of the NHS is and how this service can be best delivered in the modern world. Then the NHS needs to drive itself to deliver an efficient and customer orientated service. Those in the NHS should stop whinging about Privatisation and ask themselves why they can't operate in the same way as a private company - customer focused and efficient. GPs and Consultants are over paid when compared to other Countries, they have a stranglehold on the NHS and we should look at ways to break this as we have done with union power in other industries. I don't think I will ever see this in my lifetime as there are too many emotions and vested interests. mijas4@live.com
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