Letter: More NHS funding to keep things local

Support for NHS funding.
Support for NHS funding.

I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement that by 2023-24 there will be an extra £20.5 billion pounds for the NHS, which is the equivalent of an extra £394 million per week.

I shall be working hard to make sure that we get our fair share in North Yorkshire to support the hardworking staff in our hospitals and other health services who look after us so well. I have campaigned long and hard for more money for our health services and would like to thank Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, for his willingness to listen and to press for a step-change in funding.

Doctors and nurses at our hospitals in Malton, Scarborough, the Friarage in Northallerton, York and Easingwold and GP surgeries across the constituency have been stretched to their limit in recent times because of the increased demand on our health service as the population grows, gets older and is in need of greater and more complex care and treatments.

I want to make sure that we keep services as local as possible so that patients don’t have to travel long distances for the care they need but can go to the hospital closest to their home and, where possible, care is provided in the local community.

The next step is to look at adult social care which is clearly inextricably linked to health care spending.

The government will also bring forward proposals shortly in the form of a Green Paper. I look forward to working to deliver a long-term, sustainable solution.

Kevin Hollinrake MP

Filey, Malton, Thirsk

House of Commons