MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
It is nonsense for health funding to be based on a postcode lottery. A new funding formula which recognises and addresses the current inequalities, is urgently needed.
A few years ago, I successfully played a key part in the campaign to save A&E services at the Whittington hospital.
But I recently made a shocking discovery – Haringey patients have to wait longer, and don’t have the same access to health services as patients in boroughs such as Islington and Camden. This is due to a historic funding inequality – where ‘inner’ London boroughs receive more money for health services than ‘outer’ boroughs.
In this day and age, where people have a greater choice about where they seek treatment and many commuters are treated outside their borough of residence, it is nonsense for health funding to be based on a postcode lottery.
I launched a campaign to end this discrepancy, and I contacted both the Department for Health and NHS England to demand they bring in a fairer funding system.
I am delighted to say that it was successful, and in early 2014 NHS England announced that the Borough would receive an extra £7.6 million for the NHS. I am delighted that the Coalition agreed to change the formula when previous Labour Governments didn’t bother.
There’s still a gap, and so I will continue to lobby until Haringey is treated the same as other London boroughs for healthcare. If you would like to make your views known about how the extra money should be spent, please fill in the survey here.
We also need to protect the Whittington Hospital – so please sign the Whittington Hospital petition here and demand that no hospital services are lost and no property sold without first conducting proper public consultation and putting equal or better local replacement services in place.