Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has welcomed the news that the Government is to give the NHS a 70th birthday present in the form of a £20bn investment to secure the health service’s long-term future.
Alongside this investment, the Prime Minister has asked the NHS to produce a new clinically-led 10 year plan that tackles waste, reduces bureaucracy and provides better access to mental health services. This will ensure that the funding goes towards patient care and providing the doctors and nurses needed to meet the growing demand for healthcare.
The new funding will be confirmed by NHS leaders around the time of the Budget when the Chancellor will identify how this will be funded.
“The NHS plays a vital role in our community and I am very pleased that the Government will be delivering on our commitment to safeguard the NHS and give it the funding it needs. This funding, which will mean health spending by 2023-24 will be £20bn higher than it is today in real terms, is equivalent to a 3.4% increase per year on average.”
“This funding goes far further than any party offered at the last general election and represents a credible plan to secure the long term funding the NHS needs. This will ensure that patients get the consistently high standards of care wherever they live and that the NHS gets better at managing demand effectively and makes more effective use of capital investment.”
“As Rugby’s Member of Parliament, I have consistently argued for the retention and expansion of services throughout the constituency and especially as Rugby grows in the coming years. In recent months I have raised this both in the House of Commons and with the Chief Executive of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, who is responsible for the Hospital of St Cross. As the NHS brings forward plans to deliver the future of the health service, I will continue to make the case for greater investment locally of behalf of Rugby residents.”