Tom Brake welcomes £15 million extra for Sutton NHS

April 5, 2011 10:55 AM

Local MP Tom Brake has welcomed the announcement that from this week the NHS in Sutton and Merton will enjoy an extra £15 million to support key Government priorities such as the Cancer Drugs Fund, support for carers' breaks and talking therapies for those with mental health conditions.

The increase follows the decision by the Coalition Government to protect NHS investment over the next four years. Overall, spending on healthcare in the local area this year will total £596 million.

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

"Next year alone, local residents will benefit from an extra £15 million of investment going straight to doctors, nurses and other frontline services.

"In the past, billions of extra spending was swallowed up as the number of managers increased at five times the rate of the number of nurses. Spending less would have left the NHS in crisis, denying patients the improved services we are putting in place."

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