Extra funding for Milton Keynes’ senior citizens

Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

Elderly people are to benefit from extra government funding which will be used to get them out of hospital beds and back into their own homes.

With bed blocking being one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS, Milton Keynes Hospital has a large number of patients ready to be discharged, but with nowhere to go.

This week, government ministers wrote to Milton Keynes Council to offer more funding to “reduce pressure” on the city hospital, which has been welcomed by Councillor Nigel Long.

“We have been desperate for extra funding,” said Mr Long, health and adult social care cabinet member.

“It is important we fund older people’s services to a proper level. We currently provide exactly the kind of services that the government says it will invest in; reablement and intermediate care.

“Our high quality services like Orchard house and our complex needs home care services are cutting edge and we welcome the chance to invest more in such services to address the massive challenges the hospital and older people face.”

City MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart have worked to secure the funding since the £3billion cuts from adult social care budgets over four years.

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “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’s and my relentless pressure on the government for fair funding for MK healthcare has resulted in the 4th highest increase in budget in the UK and an extra £2.9m for our A&E.”