GP funding slashed in Harpenden and Berkhamsted since 2019

31 Jan 2024
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Figures reveal GP funding slashed in Harpenden and Berkhamsted since 2019

- Funding for GP practices in Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) has been slashed by over seven million pounds (£7,491,186.28) in real terms since 2019 

- Nationally, the Conservatives have cut GP funding by 6.9% per patient in real terms 

- Harpenden and Berkhamsted’s Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal right for patients to see their GP within seven days, or 24-hours if in urgent need

Funding for GP services in Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) has been slashed by £7,491,186.28 in real terms since 2019, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

The House of Commons Library analysis looks at funding for General Practices over the past four years once inflation is taken into account. It shows that funding per patient across the local NHS Integrated Care Board ICB area, including Harpenden and Berkhamsted, has fallen by 4.9% since 2019.

It comes despite growing demand for GP services and patients often having to wait weeks to get an appointment.

Nationally, GP practices have received a 6.9% real terms cut in funding per patient since 2019, whilst NHS waiting lists are near record numbers at 7.6 million.

Harpenden and Berkhamsted’s Liberal Democrats are calling for patients to be given a legal right to see their GP within seven days, or 24-hours if in urgent need. This would be achieved by increasing the number of fully qualified GPs by 8,000 with an initiative to boost recruitment and retain more experienced doctors.

Victoria Collins, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Harpenden & Berkhamsted, said:

“Families and pensioners in Harpenden and Berkhamsted are currently struggling to see their GP despite being in need of medical advice. It is leaving people waiting in pain or simply anxious about not getting the care they need.

“It is not right that our community is suffering the consequences of this Conservative government’s neglect of local health services.

“Rishi Sunak and his failing government is totally out of touch with people’s concerns. Conservative MPs are too busy fighting amongst themselves to deliver the health services that we so desperately need.

“Seeing your GP should be at the heart of our NHS. That is why the Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal right to see a GP within seven days or 24-hours if in urgent need.”