MP steps up call for Fairer Health Funding for Haringey

Lynne Featherstone MP calls for fairer health funding for HaringeyLynne Featherstone MP wrote to the Chief Executive of NHS England last week regarding the money received by health services in Haringey.

NHS England is due to make an announcement on a new health funding arrangements by the 17th December. The changes will see some areas receive more money, in an attempt to make funding fairer across the country.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green has long campaigned for fairer funding for Haringey. As part of the campaign, the local MP exposed figures which reveal that Haringey receives hundreds of pounds less per person, per year, than neighbouring boroughs such as Camden and Islington.

The Lib Dem MP submitted a report to NHS England, to put forward the case for an increase in money for Haringey health services – and has pledged to continue the fight for fairer funding if Haringey does not receive an increase this time.

Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“Last year alone, Haringey received £70m less funding than Camden in total. This is just not right – levels of deprivation and need in Haringey are now at least equal to those in inner London boroughs, so we need just as much funding.

“This underfunding is having a direct impact on nurses, doctors and patients in Haringey – and that’s why I started this campaign alongside the Haringey Lib Dems and local residents.

“NHS England agreeing to review the formula was a great step forward in the campaign – but of course they have to change it for the better!

“I have sent in extensive submissions and a report to arguing for more funding for Haringey. I very much hope we see an increase in funding, but if we don’t – the fight goes on.”