Cash boost for elderly patients: Milton Keynes Council to receive £325,000

Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

A £325,000 cash boost will be given to help elderly patients at the city’s hospital, it has been confirmed.

The ring-fenced grant from the Department of Health will be used on those who are deemed “medically fit”, but who need extra support after leaving hospital.

City MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster have welcomed the funding, which has been taken from the government’s additional £25million given to local authorities.

But Councillor Nigel Long, health and adult social care cabinet member, said this money is just a “drop in the ocean”.

He said: “We could have done with a couple of million to make big difference. It is a drop in the ocean.”

Last week, government ministers offered MK Council more funding to “reduce pressure” on the city hospital, which is yet to be officially accepted.

Milton Keynes North MP, Mark Lancaster, said, “I am delighted this money has been made available. For several years the government have been working to get health and social care services to work together, and having lobbied hard for extra funding, this news is yet another positive step forward.”

Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes South added: “This money is a significant amount and will help tackle the problem of bed blocking in our hospital.”

“Mark and my relentless pressure on the government for fair funding for MK healthcare has resulted in the 3rd highest increase in the annual NHS budget in the UK and an extra £2.9m for our A&E.”