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Extra £3m to combat winter pressures on health service

An extra £3m funding has been announced. Credit: UTV

The Department of Health has announced an extra £3m to help combat winter pressures.

Increasing demand has resulted in longer waits at A&E departments as well as pressures around staffing, community care and bed capacity.

The department says the money will be spent in key areas, such as staff recruitment and care package provision for older people with dementia.

Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly said: “We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to staff for working through these pressures.

“We are sorry that too many patients continue to experience long waits. All feasible steps to ease the pressures are being taken.

“Every one of us can also all do our bit to help staff help us. That means using services appropriately and doing all we can to help stay well.”