AM welcomes £1.9m boost for Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, has warmly welcomed the announcement of an extra £1.9m in funding from the Welsh Government for Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board (BCUHB).

As part of the Welsh Government’s “Invest to Save” scheme, the Finance Minister, Jane Hutt, announced that the funding would be spent on a scheme called “Enhanced Care at Home” which will promote independence and re-ablement by supporting GPs in providing rapid, intensive and safe care to patients in their own homes, who otherwise would have to be admitted to hospital.

For patients already in hospital, the proposal will support them to be discharged home sooner than they might have been.  The approach will reduce the dependency on ‘institutional’ forms of care which in turn will lead to £2.9million of cash releasing savings by 2016-17.

Ann said: “I’m very pleased that this funding has been made available to improve health in North Wales.

“This isn’t just about saving money in the long-term, the “Enhanced Care at Home” scheme could really help produce better outcomes for patients across North Wales.

“Invest to Save supports the introduction of new and/or proven ways of working so that public services become more efficient and effective.

“This scheme is helping to deal with tight budget constraints and has delivered some real benefits to the people of Wales”.

Since the Welsh Government’s “Invest to Save” scheme started, over £75m has been invested across Wales.