I am delighted to report that Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - who, as the name implies, are responsible for commissioning NHS services in Croydon - will receive a funding increase of nearly £26 million or almost 6% in 2016/17.
This is significantly above the rate of inflation, a clear sign of this Government’s commitment to our NHS.
It is also the third highest increase of the 32 CCGs in London (at the other end of the scale, Central London CCG is receiving an increase of just 1.39%), evidence that the Government is putting right the historic unfairness in the way the NHS budget is distributed around the country. Under the last Labour Government, some areas received far more than the formula the government used to estimate need suggested they required; other areas, including Croydon, received considerably less. That’s why both our CCG and our local hospital (which receives most of its funding from the CCG) have run deficit budgets for a number of years. The Coalition Government started to put this right and now this Government has taken a further major step towards doing so.
In the detailed manifesto I published in the run-up to the General Election, I pledged to do something about this historic unfairness so that NHS patients in Croydon get the service they deserve. Yesterday’s news, together with the £20 million of government funding that is rebuilding the Accident & Emergency Department at our local hospital, will go a long way towards doing that.
If you’re interested, you can see the figures for every part of the country here.