MPs call to stop NHS cuts

MP Jon Trickett outside the job centre in Hemsworth.'h8929a224
MP Jon Trickett outside the job centre in Hemsworth.'h8929a224

MPs across the district have written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt demanding he halts plans to cut £43m from the local NHS.

Jon Trickett and Yvette Cooper, along with Rothwell and Morley MP Ed Balls and Wakefield MP Mary Creagh have called on Mr Hunt to scrap proposals to change how funding is allocated.

Under plans being discussed by NHS England, funding for clinical commissioning groups is being changed to a per head basis, and will no longer take into account deprivation levels.

MPs say this will mean a reduction in the Wakefield district budget of 10.5 per cent – or £43m – between now and 2015.

Hemsworth MP Mr Trickett said: “This is another broken promise to local people, many of whom are suffering from chronic health problems and in need of the best GPs and hospital services rather than having more finance taken away.”

Pontefract and Castleford MP Ms Cooper said: “I’m appalled at the government’s proposed £43m cut. That’s why we’ve launched a petition and written to Jeremy Hunt to make clear to them this plan will cause deep damage to local services. It’s completely unfair to take so much from our area to give to areas which are much healthier and wealthier than ours.”

A decision on whether to bring in the funding changes is expected at an NHS England board meeting on December 17.

Wakefield CCG chairman Dr Phil Earnshaw said: “Places like Wakefield require as much funding as possible to reduce the health inequality gap which people suffer.”