Government provides extra £4.5 million to help NHS in Croydon cope with winter pressures
I am delighted that the Government has today announced that Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, which runs Croydon University Hospital and community health services in Croydon, will be getting an additional £4.5 million to help it cope with the additional pressures that the A&E Department in particular will experience over the winter. You can read the full details of the announcement here.
The NHS as a whole is having to cope with rising numbers of people attending A&E Departments as more and more people are living with chronic conditions. That pressure is particularly acute in places like Croydon that for years have had a relative raw deal in terms of NHS funding. I’ve been lobbying hard behind the scenes for extra funding to help the new leadership at our local hospital cope with these pressures and I am delighted that the Government has responded. In the long term of course what we need is a fairer system of allocating NHS funding around the country.