Press Release: Council Leader calls on Secretary of State to fund Crawley’s NHS

Peter Lamb, Labour Leader of Crawley Borough Council, is calling upon Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Heath, to provide NHS Crawley’s Clinical Commissioning Group with the funding it needs to move out of Special Measures.

Last year, Crawley’s Clinical Commissioning Group, which funds NHS treatment for residents in the town, became the latest CGG to be put into ‘Special Measures’ as a result of their centrally-allocated funding no longer covering the cost of meeting residents’ medical needs.

Crawley CCG are now required to construct a Financial Recovery Plan, outlining how spending on the town’s healthcare will be brought into line with their allocated funding. No clear information is available on just how this will be achieved, but the scale of the gap has led to concerns that it may require the rationing of treatment or changes to the level of medical severity required for patients to access some services.

A petition started by Cllr Lamb on the 2nd January as part of his campaign to secure the funding for Crawley CCG has reached almost 5,000 signatures and he has urged everyone concerned about the future of healthcare in the town to show their support.

Cllr Peter Lamb, Labour Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“People have a right to know that when they’re in medical need the treatment they will be offered is the one best suited to their medical needs and not just the best the NHS can afford right now.

“The number of CCGs now in financial Special Measures highlights that this isn’t an issue of local mismanagement, but a national crisis in NHS funding. To avoid this crisis turning into a catastrophe, every resident needs to use their voice to demand the Secretary of State wakes up and delivers the funding Crawley’s NHS needs to keep people safe and healthy.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:.

  1. For more information please contact Peter Lamb on 07729 167084 or email peter.k.lamb@gmail.com
  2. The CCG petition can be accessed at: https://www.change.org/p/the-secretary-of-state-for-health-we-call-upon-the-secretary-of-state-to-give-crawley-s-nhs-the-funding-it-needs-to-function

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