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PM pledges £3.5bn annual boost for NHS community services

November 22, 2018 / Richard Staines

Prime minister Theresa May has pledged an extra £3.5 billion per year annual funding for NHS primary and community healthcare in England. The spending is part of the NHS long-term plan, backed by £20.5 billion over the next five years, and is intended to improve care in the home and release pressure on overcrowded hospitals. Funding will go toward 24/7 community-based rapid response teams, consisting of doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists who will provide urgent care for patients at home. Cash will also fund healthcare professionals in care homes, where teams including pharmacists and GPs will offer emergency care out of hours. The government estimates that around a third of people stay in the hospital longer than they need to because of a lack of social care capacity.