A ‘stabilisation fund’ has been announced by the Welsh Government to support the NHS through its winter challenges, expected to be felt more keenly in light of COVID-19.
Vaughan Gething, Health and Social Services Minister, said:
“Our health and social care services have faced unparalleled pressures in the fight against COVID-19. It is a testament to our dedicated NHS staff that Wales’ patients have continued to receive compassionate and professional care during this pandemic.
“Whilst our services rigorously prepare every year for winter pressures, 2020 may be unlike any other. This £800m package will help with many aspects as we move into the next phase of the virus such as PPE supplies, testing and an ambitious flu vaccination programme.”
The funding will allow organisations to build supplies of crucial resources such as personal protective equipment. Also earmarked for a share of the money is Wales’ biggest ever influenza vaccination campaign, hoped to reduce the burden on the NHS in the highest-risk season.
Find out more in the Welsh Government press release.