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12.05.2016

Should Croydon be getting a better deal for front-line staff?

Yesterday, the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee published a report, Managing the supply of NHS clinical staff in England, suggesting that bad planning and cost-cutting have the NHS in England short of vital front-line doctors, nurses and midwives. It has called on the government to ‘to get a better grip on the supply of clinical staff in order to address current and future workforce pressures’.

This issue is reflected in Croydon. Two weeks ago, Cllr Maggie Mansell, Chair of Croydon’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said in a letter to the Croydon Advertiser, said “Croydon University Hospital is providing a good service. But good service comes at a cost. CUH is overspent by £36million. NHS England had already agreed an overspend of £25million, because Croydon is underfunded on their own formula. The farce is that they will not transfer funds from the over funded hospitals for risk of damaging their services. The government should look to their manifesto pledge of ‘hospitals properly staffed’.”

In response to these comments, Charlie Ladyman, CEO of Healthwatch Croydon, the local champion for health and social care, said:

“It is of great concern that the quality of Croydon’s front-line health service is being compromised by a lack of planning, and more critically, underfunding. Croydon is London’s largest borough and the UK’s 12th largest. Croydon’s public health report presents a very diverse population in terms of age and background, which needs a range of services to reflect demand. Croydon should receive funding proportionate the borough’s needs. Healthwatch Croydon supports any initiative by decision-makers to get a fair deal for Croydon from central government.”

View the House of Commons Public Account Committee report at: www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmpubacc/731/731.pdf

View Cllr Mansell’s letter at: www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/READERS-LETTERS-Fairfield-Halls-travesty-hospital/story-29199164-detail/story.html

View Croydon’s public health report at: www.croydon.gov.uk/sites/default/files/articles/downloads/Annual%20Public%20Health%20Report%20for%202015.pdf