Huppert calls for fair treatment on health funding
MP Julian Huppert has called on the government to make sure that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough get the money they deserve for health care.
He raised the issue in the House of Commons today (Tuesday, November 26) telling Parliament that health care in the Cambridgeshire is short-changed by £46.5 million a year.
“Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group gets one of the worst amounts of funding per head in the country,” he said. “The Government’s own fair share formula ,which takes into account such factors as population, age and deprivation says we should have £46.5 million each year.”
And he asked Health Minister Dan Poulter if he thought a new formula for working out health care funding should be implemented.
Mr Poulter told Julian that he made good points about the funding formula.
“He will know that for the first time this year, funding will be independently set by NHS England. I am sure they will take on board the points that he has raised but he will recognise that there are many other determiners of the funding formula such as deprivation that they will also want to take into account.”
Julian said later: “Our health professionals do an excellent job against a chronic backdrop of under-funding. We have an ageing population in this county and if we don’t address this shortfall we are in danger of patients not getting the service they need or rightly deserve.
“We cannot afford to go on trying to run our hospitals and health care services when we are denied the money we need. I will continue to push this issue until we get our fair share.”