Harrow Not Getting its Fair Allocation of NHS Funding
I recently spoke in the House of Commons to raise my concerns about the amount of NHS funding Harrow receives. The total funding shortfall for Harrow has been estimated at £23.4 million in each of the next two financial years - almost £50 million.
£25 million a year could pay for around 500 nurses or 200 A&E consultants or could help to extend the opening hours of walk-in centres in the borough such as the one on Alexander Avenue.
Harrow is already under pressure with A&E waiting times and outpatient waiting lists increasing at its hospitals, and Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group is forecasting a significant financial deficit for this year.
This forecast "funding gap" over two years just increases the financial pressure on the Borough and means Harrow may have fewer doctors and nurses to serve its patients, in a system that is already under stress.
In my speech I called for discussions between Department of Health officials and Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group officials to tackle this problem, and I received assurances that the Minister would write to me with a response.
For coverage of my speech see the Harrow Times: MP Gareth Thomas raises concerns over Harrow's NHS funding or read a full transcript of the debate here.