The NHS in Croydon will receive an extra £16 million in Government funding this year, bringing the total spend on healthcare in Croydon to £577 million.
The extra money will be used to support things like the Cancer Drugs Fund, mental health treatment, extra health visitors and support for carers’ breaks.
The Government has had to take some painful decisions on public spending but it quite rightly decided to protect the NHS from any cuts. Across the country as a whole, over £89,000 million will be spent on doctors, nurses and frontline services in the NHS in England – an increase of more than £2,600 million on the previous year.
Even with all this extra money, we still need to reform the NHS to make it more efficient if it is to cope with the cost of caring for an ageing population and of advances in medical technology. I know many people have concerns about the reforms the Government is proposing - and I will shortly be organising a public meeting to discuss those concerns - but just carrying on as we are is not an option.