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500m to relieve pressures on urgent and emergency care in UK.

£500m to relieve pressures on urgent and emergency care. Under pressure A&E departments will receive an additional £500 million over the next two years to ensure they are adequately prepared for winter pressures, Prime Minister David Cameron announced "The additional funding will go to hospitals where the pressure will be greatest, with a focus on practical measures that relieve pinch points in local services" Mr Cameron said. Short term NHS Confederation chief executive, Mike Farrar, said "these payments will be useful in the short term", but cautioned that "we need the system working together to tackle the challenges we are facing if we are to get a longer-term solution." Avoiding transfer of financial risk "This money must be used to help divert work away from hospitals as well as to compensate trusts fairly for the extra work they are undertaking", he said. Mr Farrar explained "this means that commissioners and providers – including community and primary care services – need to work together to get the best value possible out of this additional money, not just transfer financial risk between each other." Addressing pressures The NHS Confederation is working with members to look at how best to address pressures and to get resources in the right place to ensure patients are treated according to their clinical and social needs. Mr Farrar added: "One of the things many of our members are telling us is that it is vital they receive funding for winter pressures earlier in the year, so they can plan and respond effectively, rather than catching up with themselves once the floodgates have opened." Project Name 500m to relieve pressures on urgent and emergency care. Location UK Commence 2013 Completion -NA- Estimated Investment 500 million Pounds Capacity -NA- Key Players NHS Confederation

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