Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed an additional funding for Frimley Health Trust – one of the NHS Authorities covering the Windsor constituency.
The extra funding will be provided as targeted investment for eight Primary Care Community Hubs and a care home in Heathlands.
This funding increase follows the publication of Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), which sets out plans to increase efficiency in the trust through greater prevention, early detection and more proficient management practices.
Overall, NHS spending has increased from £112.2bn in 2010 when the Conservatives entered Government to £122.5bn in 2016. It is predicted to increase by £3.75bn next year. At the same time, the budget deficit has been cut from 10% of GDP to 2.4%.
The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the figures:
“I’m over the moon that, despite the very tight budget constraints, the Chancellor has responded to the pressing issues facing the NHS in the Windsor Constituency.
“Frimley Health Trust has already set out a very ambitious plan to increase efficiency in our local services. However, as a constituency with a high proportion of elderly people, social care provision is obviously also a prominent area of concern, and one that requires increased investment, not just greater efficiency. I very much welcome plans for new care homes that take into account the needs of the local population.
“It is very important to note that this is investment, not simply greater spending, and that the Conservative’s plan to cut the deficit has not been halted.
“We have already cut the deficit by more than 70% whilst growing the economy by 11.4% and overseeing unemployment fall to historic lows. It’s hard to overemphasize just how wildly inaccurate Labour’s claims were a few years ago that our economic plan would increase the deficit, shrink the economy and increase unemployment.
“Targeted investment such as this, or increasing the overall research and development budget to 2.4% of GDP, are about building a better Britain after Brexit: a high tech economy leading the world in next generation industries like FinTech; a trade strategy that recognises developing and rapidly growing economies; and robust public finances that take into account economic reality.”
Note to editors
- Adam Afriyie is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Guinea and Ghana.
- He has a strong background in science, technology and innovation.
- He is currently Chairman of the Fintech APPG, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).
- He was shadow Minister for Science from 2007-2010 and has a background in the information services and technology sector.