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Calls for more NHS funding in Cornwall

Calls for more NHS funding in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:48pm 9th February 2018.

A Cornwall MP is urging the government to pledge more funding to NHS services.

It was during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday that West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas asked Theresa May if she was prepared to brudge the gap so that places like Cornwall see the same funding as elsewhere.

He said: "NHS figures show that in the south west, the growth in NHS funding is 2.2% less than the national average.

"It is also true that it is more challenging in the south west with an ageing demographic and sparsity.

"Does the Prime Minister agree with that providers in the south west, including NHS Kernow, deserve their fair share of NHS funding and will she take action to address this inequality?"

According to Derek, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across the country had received an extra 11.2% in funding between 2013/14 and 2016/17 but in the South West, the increase was just 9%.

He said: "Independent research demonstrates it costs more to provide healthcare in an ageing population."

Responding to his question, the PM promised we would see more funding here in the Duchy.

She said: "The national formula that of course is the basis for calculating the funding for CCGs does take into account a large number of factors, including rurality and including demographics which are the factors he has suggested need to be considered.

"NHS Kernow did see an increase in their funding this year and will see a further increase in their funding next year, taking funding to over £760m.

"This is part of our commitment to ensuring that we are putting extra funding into the NHS, but of course we continue to look at ensuring that the distribution of that funding takes into account all of the factors that it needs to."

The debate follows concerns over the future of a number of Cornwall's NHS services, including cancer services currently provided in the county.

Hospital bosses laid into controversial plans that could see some cancer care moved out of Cornwall, amid government plans to centralise radiotherapy.

You can read more about that here.

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