West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas was given another chance at PMQs today and this time he challenged the PM to give NHS Kernow more money.
Mr Thomas urged the Government to take action to ensure the NHS in the ‘South West’ receives the same level of funding as the rest of the country at today’s Prime Minister’s Questions.
The national funding formula means that patients in Cornwall get less per head than in other parts of the country.
Mr Thomas said that according to NHS England’s own figures, the growth in health funding in the southwest has been 2.2% less than the national average.
The figures show that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country had received an extra 11.2 per cent in funding between 2013/14 and 2016/17 but that in the South West, the increase was just 9 per cent.
In calling for Theresa May to ensure that the South West receives a fair share of NHS funding, Mr Thomas said that the South West had an older demographic than the rest of the country.
“Independent research demonstrates it costs more to provide healthcare in an ageing population,” he added.
Thomas rose to cheers from the government benches who quietened quickly as the Cornish MP told the PM
“Figures show that the NHS funding , sorry the growth in NHS funding in the ‘south west’ is 2.2% less than the national average.
Does the PM agree that providers in the South West including NHS Kernow deserve their fair share of NHS funding and will she act to address this inequality?”
WATCH DEREK THOMAS AT PMQS
A slightly annoyed PM was given a chance to say that Kernow NHS had received more money this year than last and will get more next year too but of course rurality and ageing populations are always taken in to account.
Now, to the naughty step with you young Derek!