Millions needed to help boost Royal Gwent A&E

Millions needed to help boost Royal Gwent  A&E

Millions needed to help boost Royal Gwent A&E

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A MINIMUM £2.7 million of capital funding is likely to be required next year to improve the emergency department at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

But an Aneurin Bevan University Health Board report warns that the financial demands for this and other key improvement and upgrading schemes for the hospital, are key contributors to what will prove to be a multi-million pound shortfall in such funding during the next four to five years.

The Royal Gwent’s emergency department is in urgent need of an overhaul to improve the environment and the system of patient “flow” into, through, and out of the department.

It also needs to be expanded to cater for changes in services.

The £2.7 million is an estimate included in the board’s Discretionary Capital Projects programme for 2015/16 – £300,000 is earmarked for the work to finally begin this year.

All health boards in Wales receive an annual sum to spend on projects such as statutory maintenance, fire safety and equipment replacement.

The above scheme and others fall into the Discretionary Capital Projects category, including other key schemes such as, this year, hospital ward upgrading, improvements to the Royal Gwent’s main entrance, and car park management at hospitals across Gwent.

But a little over £1m remains in the this budget for 2014/15, insufficient to fund all the projects the health board considers as a priority, and next year could prove even more difficult.

Along with the Royal Gwent hospital’s emergency department, an estimated £1m is earmarked in 2015/16 for vital work on the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, and a further £850,000 for the maternity department.

With £475,000 already set aside for the likes of statutory maintenance, fire safety work, and imaging and X-ray tube replacement, and £500,000 reserved for contingencies, just £251,000 remains available to fund other projects across the whole of Gwent.

Extra funding is sometimes made available for specific projects by the Welsh Government, but it cannot be assumed that this will materialise.

To 2018/19, the health board estimates that Discretionary Capital Project funding will be almost £50 million underfunded, based on a look ahead at what issues need, or might need to be, addressed by then.

The board is trying to assess what the risks are if some projects are not prioritised, so contingency plans can be drawn up.

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7:54am Wed 27 Aug 14

Fingers On The Pulse says...

STOP SENDING "AID" to countries that blatantly don't need it or are corrupt such as Argentina, India, Pakistan, Nigeria etc. Over 8.3BN sent overseas a year. Think we need to start spend some of that here in the U.K
STOP SENDING "AID" to countries that blatantly don't need it or are corrupt such as Argentina, India, Pakistan, Nigeria etc. Over 8.3BN sent overseas a year. Think we need to start spend some of that here in the U.K Fingers On The Pulse
  • Score: 10

8:53am Wed 27 Aug 14

taffygwent says...

Think we need to charge visitors to this country for using our NHS also
Think we need to charge visitors to this country for using our NHS also taffygwent
  • Score: 20

8:56am Wed 27 Aug 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted
Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 19

9:08am Wed 27 Aug 14

Stevenboy says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted
You mean like that wonderfully successful socialist norbert Francois Hollande did? I think all the French millionaires legged it to Belgium and London. Now old Francois is even further up merde creek than when he started. Instead of getting half their money he now gets sod all. The law of unintended consequences I think they call it. Stopping foreign aid is a better plan.
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted[/p][/quote]You mean like that wonderfully successful socialist norbert Francois Hollande did? I think all the French millionaires legged it to Belgium and London. Now old Francois is even further up merde creek than when he started. Instead of getting half their money he now gets sod all. The law of unintended consequences I think they call it. Stopping foreign aid is a better plan. Stevenboy
  • Score: -12

10:36am Wed 27 Aug 14

Howie' says...

Stevenboy wrote:
Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted
You mean like that wonderfully successful socialist norbert Francois Hollande did? I think all the French millionaires legged it to Belgium and London. Now old Francois is even further up merde creek than when he started. Instead of getting half their money he now gets sod all. The law of unintended consequences I think they call it. Stopping foreign aid is a better plan.
So it's ok for billionaire Bernie Ecclestone not to pay £1.2 billion in taxes, Vodafone to be let off £6 billion in taxes etc,etc but we should not be helping some of the poorest people on this planet.
[quote][p][bold]Stevenboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted[/p][/quote]You mean like that wonderfully successful socialist norbert Francois Hollande did? I think all the French millionaires legged it to Belgium and London. Now old Francois is even further up merde creek than when he started. Instead of getting half their money he now gets sod all. The law of unintended consequences I think they call it. Stopping foreign aid is a better plan.[/p][/quote]So it's ok for billionaire Bernie Ecclestone not to pay £1.2 billion in taxes, Vodafone to be let off £6 billion in taxes etc,etc but we should not be helping some of the poorest people on this planet. Howie'
  • Score: 8

11:04am Wed 27 Aug 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Howie' wrote:
Stevenboy wrote:
Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted
You mean like that wonderfully successful socialist norbert Francois Hollande did? I think all the French millionaires legged it to Belgium and London. Now old Francois is even further up merde creek than when he started. Instead of getting half their money he now gets sod all. The law of unintended consequences I think they call it. Stopping foreign aid is a better plan.
So it's ok for billionaire Bernie Ecclestone not to pay £1.2 billion in taxes, Vodafone to be let off £6 billion in taxes etc,etc but we should not be helping some of the poorest people on this planet.
Unfortunately in Britain today, there are many sections of society who gladly fawn over wealthy celebrities who, on the surface, appear to be benevolent and munificent but actually are overwhelmed by personal greed.
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stevenboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted[/p][/quote]You mean like that wonderfully successful socialist norbert Francois Hollande did? I think all the French millionaires legged it to Belgium and London. Now old Francois is even further up merde creek than when he started. Instead of getting half their money he now gets sod all. The law of unintended consequences I think they call it. Stopping foreign aid is a better plan.[/p][/quote]So it's ok for billionaire Bernie Ecclestone not to pay £1.2 billion in taxes, Vodafone to be let off £6 billion in taxes etc,etc but we should not be helping some of the poorest people on this planet.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately in Britain today, there are many sections of society who gladly fawn over wealthy celebrities who, on the surface, appear to be benevolent and munificent but actually are overwhelmed by personal greed. Raymond Luxury-Yacht
  • Score: 9

12:38pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Stevenboy says...

Howie' wrote:
Stevenboy wrote:
Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted
You mean like that wonderfully successful socialist norbert Francois Hollande did? I think all the French millionaires legged it to Belgium and London. Now old Francois is even further up merde creek than when he started. Instead of getting half their money he now gets sod all. The law of unintended consequences I think they call it. Stopping foreign aid is a better plan.
So it's ok for billionaire Bernie Ecclestone not to pay £1.2 billion in taxes, Vodafone to be let off £6 billion in taxes etc,etc but we should not be helping some of the poorest people on this planet.
Not what I was saying. It's just that pursuing taxes from wealthy people and companies only works if every country acts together. But that, as Hollande has shown, is more difficult that it looks. Or else France wouldn't be in a worse state would it? Besides, India is a beneficiary of foreign aid and has more billionaires than us. So perhaps their tax system doesn't work either.
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stevenboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Start getting the likes of Gary Barlow, Bernie Ecclestone, Starbucks etc. to start paying their taxes properly - funding gap sorted[/p][/quote]You mean like that wonderfully successful socialist norbert Francois Hollande did? I think all the French millionaires legged it to Belgium and London. Now old Francois is even further up merde creek than when he started. Instead of getting half their money he now gets sod all. The law of unintended consequences I think they call it. Stopping foreign aid is a better plan.[/p][/quote]So it's ok for billionaire Bernie Ecclestone not to pay £1.2 billion in taxes, Vodafone to be let off £6 billion in taxes etc,etc but we should not be helping some of the poorest people on this planet.[/p][/quote]Not what I was saying. It's just that pursuing taxes from wealthy people and companies only works if every country acts together. But that, as Hollande has shown, is more difficult that it looks. Or else France wouldn't be in a worse state would it? Besides, India is a beneficiary of foreign aid and has more billionaires than us. So perhaps their tax system doesn't work either. Stevenboy
  • Score: -4

3:01pm Wed 27 Aug 14

JanJenkins says...

After a recent wait of 8 hours in A+E. with my son and a shattered wrist, with one junior doctor on duty on his own for the first time, Maybe putting a few more Doctors into A+E might be money well spent.
Removing the Stinking Drunks sleeping along the seats in the waiting room might be an improvement, and not actually cost the hospital anything to implement.
After a recent wait of 8 hours in A+E. with my son and a shattered wrist, with one junior doctor on duty on his own for the first time, Maybe putting a few more Doctors into A+E might be money well spent. Removing the Stinking Drunks sleeping along the seats in the waiting room might be an improvement, and not actually cost the hospital anything to implement. JanJenkins
  • Score: 10

4:03pm Wed 27 Aug 14

gingertom says...

We need an inquiry into the welsh nhs as pj vanston stated:
https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1019
We need an inquiry into the welsh nhs as pj vanston stated: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
  • Score: -4

7:28pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Magor says...

A waiting room would be nice.
A waiting room would be nice. Magor
  • Score: 0

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