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MP quizzes health chief

Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has asked the Health Secretary how he is reducing hospital admissions for the elderly during the winter.

In response to his question in Parliament, Jeremy Hunt said: “We are doing a very great deal and the £400m announced to help the NHS through the winter is a record amount.

“A lot of that money is being spent not inside A&E departments but in the community to help GP practices, and to try to recognise properly that for many older people — particularly vulnerable people with dementia — a busy A&E department is not the best place to go when something goes wrong, and if we possibly can we should avoid it.”

Following the debate, Mr Menzies added: “I was heartened by the minister’s response as he too recognises that GPs have a vital role in ensuring older people are aware of the correct type of care they need and where that is available.

“That often may not be at their local hospital.

“GPs and nursing staff do an amazing job on the frontline of our health services and I want to see the government doing all it can to make sure they are in the best position possible to carry out those roles.”

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