Leeds A&E departments to get £1.89m extra cash to cope with winter pressure

accident-emergencyHospitals in Leeds are to receive £1,890,000 extra cash from government to help their Accident and Emergency departments cope with expected extra pressure this winter.

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (incorporating the Leeds General Infirmary and St James) is one of 53 “high-risk” trusts to receive extra A&E cash announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today.

After months of failing to meet the NHS targets for A&E waiting times last year and this, the Leeds Trust has recently improved its performance and bettered the target for the last 14 weeks in a row.

A statement from Hunt said a provisional total of £221m was being targeted at the 53 Trusts “subject to completion of current scrutiny of plans”.

Other Yorkshire Trusts to receive some of the funding are the York Teaching Hospital Trust (£2,061,000) and the Airedale Trust (£1,450,000).

No further cash unless 75% of staff get flu jab

flujabThe statement said that Trusts would not be eligible to receive a portion of the money in future years if they do not vaccinate 75% of their staff this year.

“NHS staff can play an important role in not picking up the flu virus and passing it on to other patients who are often people who are already poorly and vulnerable to infection by simply having the flu vaccine,” it said.

“Less than half of frontline NHS staff get vaccinated against flu and in some hospitals this figure drops to fewer than 1 in 5. This is why we want to significantly boost the number of healthcare workers getting the flu vaccine to 75%.

“Trusts will not be eligible to receive a portion of the money in future years if they do not vaccinate 75% of their staff this year, except in exceptional circumstances where they can prove to the TDA, Monitor and NHS England that they have robust plans in place to ensure they meet this ambitious target the following year,” it said.

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