Sheffield loses out on NHS cash - city MP

Sheffield MP Clive Betts.
Sheffield MP Clive Betts.
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Sheffield has missed out on the majority of £2bn in health funding promised for the NHS, a city MP has said.

South East Sheffield MP Clive Betts said the city’s clinical commissioning group was to receive less than two per cent, as have other South Yorkshire councils.

He said that in contrast councils in Hertfordshire, the South Midlands and Thames Valley have received up to seven per cent of the money.

Labour MP Mr Betts said it was another example of the south being prioritised over the north and 54 of the 211 CCGs would get half of the cash.

The MP added: “Across every aspect of resourcing of public services – from transport to care of the elderly, from highways maintenance to housing, from schools funding to the national health service – this Government has demonstrated its determination to shift resources from those communities who have the least to those areas who already enjoy the highest incomes, the lowest unemployment and the longest life expectancy.”

The £2bn pledge was made in November.

But it has come under scrutiny this week again as NHS departments struggle to cope with demand.

In Sheffield, the Red Cross had been called in to help tackle an ‘unprecedented’ need on casualty services and other emergency measures.

More than 4,000 people visited the Northern General’s A&E department in December.