Commenting on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s unprecedented funding crisis, which requires savings of £33 million in this year’s budget, Cambridge’s Liberal Democrat lead member for health Cllr Susan van de Ven said:
"Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have one of the fastest growing populations in the country, but one of the most poorly funded health systems. For years the Government’s funding formula has failed to recognise the needs of our area. The situation has now reached crisis point, leaving our local Clinical Commissioning Group facing difficult and unpalatable choices.
“Voluntary services make an essential contribution to the health and wellbeing of our local communities, and the excellent work they do saves local councils and the NHS money. Axing their funding will reduce local services and cause additional costs elsewhere in the system. We share the concerns expressed by Healthwatch, who have joined the call for fairer funding for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s health and care services, and we support their view that the Clinical Commissioning Group needs to be open and honest about the hard choices it currently faces.
"On top of an already stretched health and social care system and accumulated pressures heaped on by Brexit, one has to ask who if anyone at the top of Government is paying attention to the scale of destruction on their watch. Government health secretary Matt Hancock MP has been presented with the facts. What is his plan of action to solve Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s health funding crisis before the CCG’s cuts decision day in two weeks' time?”