AMID the ongoing controversy over health service reform, Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, has welcomed the extra £35 million which has been allocated to North Yorkshire and York PCT for the forthcoming financial year.
She said it would be used to support key Government priorities such as the Cancer Drugs Fund, investment in talking therapies for those with mental health conditions, 4,200 extra health visitors, and support for carers’ breaks.
Miss McIntosh said: “Spending on healthcare in our local area this year will total £1,207 million overall. The increase follows the decision by the Coalition Government to protect NHS investment over the next four years, an investment vigorously opposed by Labour.
“Next year alone, our constituency will benefit from an extra £35 million of investment going straight to doctors, nurses and other frontline services. Across England as a whole, over £89 billion will now be spent on doctors, nurses and frontline services in the NHS, an increase of more than £2.6 billion over the year before.”
Health campaigners in Hunmanby have previously criticised the spending priorities of the PCT, which has closed the local health clinic and failed to commit to funding a modern new health centre to replace the over-stretched doctors’ surgery in the village.
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