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Enfield MPs Nick de Bois and David Burrowes have welcomed extra funding for Chase Farm and North Middlesex Hospitals to cope with the winter months
MPs are delighted that two Enfield hospitals will receive extra government funding to help it cope with winter pressure on services.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the additional £500million will be used to help hospitals through the tougher winter months, with a focus on giving money to Accident and Emergency (A&E) wards.
North Middlesex University Hospital in Sterling Way, Edmonton, will receive £3.8m to help its A&E unit as the hospital is not only expecting a seasonal boom but an added influx of patients who had previously gone to Chase Farm Hospital in The Ridgeway, Enfield.
However, the NHS trust of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals will also be boosted by £5.1 million to ease ward congestion at the Enfield hospital and reduce fears of overcrowding at the Barnet Hospital’s A&E ward in Wellhouse Lane, Barnet.
Enfield North MP Mr de Bois said: "This additional funding is extremely welcome and I'm delighted Enfield hospitals are among those identified for a cash boost from the Government. What's also important is that this money is accompanied by fundamental changes for joined-up care which will further improve services for patients."
Enfield Southgate MP Mr Burrowes added: "The number of people going to A&E departments in England has also risen by 32 per cent in the past decade, and by one million each year since 2010. This money will help the NHS to cope with that demand but also the improvements in the way care is provided will protect the most vulnerable patients who are most at risk from failures to provide seamless care."
A spokesperson for Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are working with our local hospitals and health and social care partners to identify how to best invest the money announced by NHS England in services that will meet the needs of Enfield patients throughout the winter.
“We have drawn up plans which we expect to be finalised at the end of the month and will be able to explain more fully how the money will be used.”
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