News / Department sets out winter plans

06 December 2021 Seamus Ward

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news_SajidJavid_portraitAdditional NHS funding in the second half of 2021/22 was set at £5.4bn, and the plan – The health and social care approach to winter – which was published at the beginning of December, allocated £700m of this funding as capital, digital and revenue funds.

It aims to help reduce waiting lists by expanding wards, opening new day surgery units, installing permanent and modular operating theatres, and upgrading outpatient spaces and MRI and screening technology.

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘Ahead of what is going to be a difficult winter, we’re putting everything behind our health and care services, so that everyone can access the services they need, when they need them.’