NHS campaigners have called on government MPs to ‘come clean’ about cuts within the NHS after it was announced that the North Norfolk NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will have to make £14m worth of cuts to their budget this year.
The local MP and Health Minister Norman Lamb had previously claimed that the government had protected health budgets – but campaigners have argued the reality is very different with the cuts to our local CCGs, ambulance service, and Mental Health services.
Mr Lamb today told the Daily Mail that the Tories plan for the next Parliament would put at risk NHS and elder care funding, but Denise Burke, an Act on Ambulances campaigner and Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, has hit back claiming the NHS is already at risk.
She said: “The fact just this week our local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced it is having to make £14m in cuts shows the reality of what’s happening in our NHS under Health Minister Norman Lamb and the Tories. Mr Lamb has long denied health cuts are happening but the reality is very different and it’s happening in his own constituency.
This week a report into the local Mental Health Trust shows how standards have fallen as it bears the brunt of cuts to mental health. Response times in our local ambulance service continue to under perform while it is under intense pressure to make £50m worth of savings. Now our CCG is asking what services should be cut from the NHS in North Norfolk.
The health minister is claiming that the Tories’ plan to cut the deficit in the next Parliament puts at risk the funding of our NHS and funding of elder care, but the fact is it’s happening under this government. Norfolk residents will not be fooled – these ministers can no longer continue to pass the buck.
The Labour Party has a fully-costed long-term plan to invest more money in our NHS throughout the next Parliament and we have pledged to employ more doctors, nurses and midwives so that residents get the care that they deserve.”