Lynne Featherstone MP re-launches campaign for more local health funding

Lynne Featherstone MP calls for fairer health funding for HaringeyLynne Featherstone MP has re-launched her campaign for more funding for Haringey’s health services.

Last year, the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green exposed figures revealing that Haringey Borough receives hundreds of pounds less funding per person, per year, than neighbouring boroughs such as Camden and Islington. The disparity is due to Haringey historically being classified as an ‘outer’ London borough, rather than ‘inner’ London like Camden and Islington.

After a long campaign, NHS England amended the funding formula, giving Haringey an above inflation, £7.6 million increase in funding this year. This was a higher increase than Islington and Camden – but there is still a disparity in funding levels.

The Liberal Democrat MP has requested a meeting with NHS England to make the case for further changes. At the meeting, the local MP will present a new petition backing her call, which has already attracted hundreds of signatures since its launch of Friday.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“Securing an extra £7.6 million funding for Haringey health services last year was a massive step in the right direction. I was so glad that NHS England listened and changed their funding formula.

“But, there is still an unfairness that needs to be addressed – as Haringey is still receiving less funding per person than neighbouring boroughs.

“That’s why I’ve restarted my campaign and called a meeting with NHS England to discuss the funding arrangements, and their progress in making funding fairer. I hope as many residents as possible will add their voice to the campaign prior to the meeting.”