Cambridge patients 'shortchanged'

August 31, 2007 12:00 PM

David Howarth, MP for Cambridge, is horrified that Cambridge residents are being shortchanged by Government health funding.

Figures released today by the Government show that millions of pounds of NHS money is going unspent in other areas of the country. The North East Strategic Health Authority is predicting a 25% surplus of over £300 million, and East Midlands Strategic Health Authority is predicting almost £500 million surplus. The figures follow news that wards in Brookfields Hospital, Cambridge, are likely to close.

David commented:

"I am furious at these figures. Why is there unspent money in other areas of the country when health services in Cambridge are being starved of funds?

"Patients in Cambridge are being shortchanged by the Government; we have had massive and damaging cuts to mental health services and now wards in Brookfields Hospital are threatened with closure.

David Howarth with Romsey Councillor Catherine Smart outside Davison House, Brookfields Hospital

David and Cllr Catherine Smart outside the threatened wards

"These 'surpluses' are unspent funds which should have been used to help patients. The Government should be ashamed of these figures."

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