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£1.2m in grants for charities to ease strain on A&E

The Cabinet Office is providing £1.2m in grant funding to three charities contracted to offer services aimed at taking the pressure off the country’s busiest accident and emergency departments.

Age UK, Red Cross, and the Royal Voluntary Service will put in place 12-week projects in 29 areas. Projects include in home support to older people to prevent unnecessary admissions, and work in casualty to support medical teams to secure early discharge of patients who do not need admission.

There will also be support on wards, to secure early discharge of patients who do not need a bed for medical reasons.

In a statement on the initiative, Acevo chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb said too many hospital beds are occupied by people who need social care rather than medical attention.


Read the rest of this article at Charity Times.