Derek Thomas asks Health PMQ

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas urged the Government to take action to ensure the NHS in the South West receives the same level of funding as the rest of the country at Prime Minister’s Questions today.

Mr Thomas said that according to NHS England’s own figures, the growth in health funding in the southwest has been 2.2% less than the national average.

The figures show that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country had received  an extra 11.2 per cent in funding between 2013/14 and 2016/17 but that in the South West, the increase was just 9 per cent.

In calling for Theresa May to ensure that the South West receives a fair share of NHS funding, Mr Thomas said that the South West had an older demographic than the rest of the country.

“Independent research demonstrates it costs more to provide healthcare in an ageing population,” he added.