Scilly MP Unhappy With Cornwall Hospitals’ Budget

Scilly MP, Andrew George

Scilly MP Andrew George says the Government could do more to help Cornwall’s hospitals.

Yesterday, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust board meeting heard the organisation is facing “a £2 million income gap in a crucial financial year.”

They get funded for each patient and admissions are down.

Mr George, who is a member of the Commons Health Select Committee said the mainland hospitals had been placed in an almost impossible position and that the Government could do more to help.

He said Labour, during their time in office, eventually acknowledged that Cornwall was getting £56 million per annum less than it should have been receiving.

But he says the Coalition Government, of which Mr George is a member, has massaged the records to make under-funding appear less.

The hospitals have been told that they must repay a debt which is a fraction of their years of under-funding and that puts pressure on the wards and staffing. As wards have closed bed occupancy levels have soared.

He is investigating the Government’s funding allocation formula and will be taking it up with Government Ministers.

The MP has called a meeting for constituents to discuss the health bill in Penzance next week. Mr George says he cannot squeeze one in over here but creeping privatisation and funding issues affect islanders as well he says.

He says he will address health issues in his next surgeries here later in the month.