This week I met Dame Clare Marx (pictured), the Council Chair of the General Medical Council. We discussed medical staffing in Bassetlaw.
Bassetlaw has 215 licensed doctors and 65 of these are licensed GPs. Encouraging more doctors to come to the constituency to work is vital and we must therefore be positive, not just about Bassetlaw, but also our NHS as a whole.
As I am sure you're aware, the Government recently announced its intention to provide the NHS with an additional £33.9 billion cash funding increase by 2023/24. This is the largest, longest funding settlement in the history of the NHS. This landmark settlement investment to help secure the long term future of our NHS is extremely welcome, and I hope you agree it demonstrates the Government’s commitment to properly funding our NHS and public services. I fully support the NHS Funding Bill, which enshrines in law our fully funded, long-term NHS plan.
The Government asked the NHS to draw up a plan to secure the NHS for the long term, focusing on cutting waste and ensuring every penny is well spent. At its heart is the notion that prevention is better than cure, marking a clear shift towards our health service promoting good health not just curing illness, while helping to place it on a sustainable footing for the long term. That’s why the biggest uplift in spending will be an extra £4.5 billion for primary medical and community health services. On top of this, the LTP commits to improving detection, with more targeted screening and Rapid Access Diagnostic Centres, so that in 10 years’ time these measures will help achieve 55,000 more people surviving cancer each year, and 100,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases being prevented.
I'm proud of the Government’s recent record on the NHS. Despite difficult financial circumstances, NHS investment has increased every year since 2010, and I believe this new investment will help to secure the NHS for the future.