Call for ac­tion on fund­ing in­equal­ity

Pa­tients get less than almost any­where else

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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