Call for action on funding inequality
Patients get less than almost anywhere else
FUNDING for patients in Bucks is less than ‘almost anywhere in the country,’ an MP has claimed.
Amersham and Chesham MP Cheryl Gillan spoke up on behalf of her constituents when questioning the junior health secretary in the House of Commons on Tuesday, January 13.
She told Dan Poulter MP that funding for patients in Bucks is less than “almost anywhere in the country” and asked him for action.
She added: “Last month I contacted one of my excellent GPs in Chesham concerning the waiting time for one of my constituents.
“In his response, he reminded me that Buckinghamshire patients receive less funding per head than almost anywhere in the country.
“What can be done to address that inequality, so that my constituents can benefit from the same level of funding for services and treatment enjoyed by other parts of the country?”
Mr Poulter replied: “The funding formula is now reviewed regularly. That is done independently and is free from political interference. Looking at areas such as Chesham and Amersham, where there are a lot of frail and elderly patients, is now more paramount in the funding formula.
“In the future, I am sure that the funding formula will better reflect local health care needs.”
Chesham councillor and Bucks County Council’s deputy cabinet member for health and wellbeing Noel Brown agrees that Buckinghamshire needs more funding.
He said: “It’s a disadvantage that we have to work with because we have a lot of older people who are rich and [the NHS] say they can pay for themselves, but we also have a lot of older people who can’t and they’re disregarded completely. Overall we have less funding for things like doctors, it’s not good at all. We desperately need them to be more realistic because there’s always areas of deprivation and we need to help our older people who are living longer, we need more support.” Mrs Gillan has also written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the issue.
Do you think more funding is needed for patients in Bucks? Email bucksnews@trinitysouth. co.uk.