Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish has slammed the Tory Government’s plans to cut funding to the local NHS in Tameside.
In little under a month’s time, NHS England will decide how much money Clinical Commissioning Groups will receive to fund healthcare for their population. This money is used to pay for emergency and elective hospital care as well as, for example, mental health services, community nursing or NHS Walk-in Centres.
Although this Tory-led Government would like to say that they have nothing to do with these proposals, the writing has been on the wall since 2010 when Andrew Lansley famously reduced the weighting given to health inequalities in the funding formula from 15% to 10%.
The current proposed changes will break the rule that sees communities with the greatest health inequalities get the money they need. What’s worse, it will be handed to parts of the country where healthy life expectancy is already the longest.
Under the plans, people in Tameside would lose by £32 a head for every man, woman and child whilst Windsor gains £120 for every person.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It is nothing short of immoral to raid NHS funding in Tameside to give it to more affluent areas. Families in Denton and Reddish are facing a cost of living crisis of David Cameron’s making. These plans would see local GP opening hours cut back, treatments restricted to save money and more NHS Walk-in Centres forced to close down. This is further proof that you can’t trust David Cameron with the NHS.”