MP welcomes £13 million extra for NHS in Stockport

April 5, 2011 2:51 PM

The Government has announced an extra £13 million, to support key Government priorities such as support for carers' breaks, the Cancer Drugs Fund, investment in talking therapies for those with mental health conditions, and extra health visitors.

Spending on healthcare in our local area this year will total £482 million overall, a rise of £13 million from last year.

The increase follows the decision by the Coalition Government to protect NHS investment over the next four years - investment vigorously opposed by Labour.

Across England as a whole, over £89 billion will now be spent on doctors, nurses and frontline services in the NHS - an increase of more than £2.6 billion over the year before.

Welcoming the increases in NHS funding, Cheadle MP Mark Hunter said:

"We recognise just how important the NHS is to this country - and to patients here in Stockport. That's why the Coalition Government is protecting the NHS not just today, but for future generations.

"Next year alone, our constituency will benefit from an extra £13 million of investment going straight to doctors, nurses and other frontline services.

"Under the previous Labour government, billions of extra spending was swallowed up as the number of managers increased at five times the rate the number of nurses. Their plans would have meant cutting the NHS, denying patients the improved services we are putting in place.

"Their approach - to spend less - would leave the NHS in crisis."

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