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£50m to fund long term screening for Grenfell community
Simon Stevens has announced that the NHS will provide up to £50 million to fund long term screening and treatment for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
The new screening service will be in place imminently to provide long term support and treatment for people with physical and mental health issues following the tragic incident, investing up to £10 million a year in the service for the next five years.
Since the fire in June 2017, GP practices have been carrying out Grenfell specific clinics, recognising increased health needs with longer appointments. Now, new health services will be carried out by a partnership of local GP practices, Central and North West London Foundation Trust and community outreach and will be available for survivors from the tower block fire, bereaved families and friends and the local community.
Stevens said: “For those people who were affected by this horrendous tragedy, their pain is not over and many continue to face real difficulty. NHS staff and the local community have been working hard from day one to support the Grenfell community. The NHS was there when people needed us and we’re determined to stay the course. That’s why we are now introducing a new dedicated service to ensure those affected continue to have their health needs fully met.”