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East Lancashire hospital trust makes its claim for cash share
5:22pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
HEALTH chiefs have submitted a bid for extra cash to support emergency care during the winter months.
Last week the government announced a bailout fund of £500million for troubled accident and emergency departments, but it has not yet decided where the cash will go.
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General, is likely to be near the top of the list, having been placed in special measures last month, in part due to problems in the emergency ward.
In a joint statement with the East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen clincial commissioning groups (CCGs), the trust said: “Extra money will allow us to be better prepared to manage the additional demand on emergency services that the colder months often present.
“Managing emergency demand cannot be about the hospital only which is why East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS East Lancashire CCG and Blackburn with Darwen CCG have worked together on the bids to potentially secure some extra funding to ensure the safety and quality of patient care is sustained throughout the winter months.”
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