A letter from the Health Committee has accused the government of giving a ‘false impression’ over the funding provided the NHS.
The letter, written by Dr Sarah Wollaston, a Conservative MP and former GP, states that the government’s claim that it will provide an extra £10bn for the NHS by 2020-21 is ‘false’.
Simon Stevens, the Head of NHS England, said the NHS required at least £8bn of investment before the last election. However, in the letter sent today from the Health Select Committee the actual figure supplied is estimated at £4.5bn.
This news comes only a day after it emerged half of NHS authorities plan to cut the number of hospital beds and one third plan to close Accident & Emergency departments.
This explains why when the Tories have been claiming they are properly funding the NHS, the story on the ground is so different. The letter today shows the NHS is receiving less than half of what this government has been claiming. Even members of Jeremy Hunt’s own party say his figures are bogus.
Around the country there are stories of services being cut or closed. In my constituency Hemlington Medical Centre is closing, services in Skelton have closed and in Park End they have closed and the buildings are being sold off for commercial development! This all comes before the impact of the ‘efficiency savings’ planned in the Sustainability and Transformation Plans we are yet to see.
These are cuts the government has tried to keep secret – today they have been exposed.
I hope the government will listen to Dr Wollaston and the committee’s concerns, but to be honest I won’t be holding my breath.”
Tom today questioned Jeremy Hunt and claimed he had been ‘found out’. In response Mr Hunt stood by his figures.