About £4 million is to be handed to Northampton General Hospital from the Government, some of which will pay for more A&E staff.
The money was set to be announced in the House of Commons today as part of a national drive to pump more money into flagging urgent care systems across the country.
It is understood that NGH’s allocation will see the hospital give some of it to other organisations, such as Northamptonshire County Council social services to help improve the flow of patients who block hospital beds into other settings, such as rehabilitation beds.
However, the hospital will spend a large amount on employing new A&E staff, over and above the current recruitment drive it has already started.
The money is aimed at alleviating predicted winter pressures in the urgent care system in the south of the county, which have caused huge concern in the past. Both waiting times in A&E and paramedic handover times have been criticised for more than two years.
It is understood that KGH will get about £3.9 million and that the Government wants to repeat the cash injection in a year’s time.
Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North, said: “It’s very good news.
“The doctors and nurses and staff face particular challenges and they do an exceptionally good job in very difficult circumstances.
“This money will be put to very good use I’m sure in the accident and emergency department. It will help the wonderful standard of work we’ve come to expect from the staff there to continue.”