Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined forces with High Peak colleague Ruth George and MPs from across the political spectrum in slamming Derbyshire CCG’s decision to cut all voluntary sector funding in a fiery Parliamentary debate on Tuesday.
The debate highlighted that two months ago on the 70th anniversary of the NHS all the voluntary sector organisations in Derbyshire received letter stating that their funding from the CCG’s was to be cut.
Toby pointed out that voluntary sector are successful in reducing demand on the eakth sector saying:
“alongside the financial consequences of their cheaper cost, many voluntary organisations, such as Age Concern, which I saw last week, keep old people well and prevent them from having to use health services by providing services such as the befriending service in Chesterfield?”
After contributions against the cuts from Tory MPs as well as the Labour ones, Toby rounded on the Government’s 8 years of failure on the health service reminding the Government that the measures they currently suggest as solutions were already in place under Labour and were demolished by the Health reforms of disastrous former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, reminding Government Minister Stephen Barclay that: “
I remember that, back in 2010, we had the Derbyshire primary care trust, but then the Lansley reforms came in, broke up the PCT and turned it into five different organisations in North Derbyshire. Can he imagine how galling it is for us to hear that those organisations, which went from a very strong financial position back in 2010, are now in utter financial chaos, so the Government are going to undo the Lansley reforms and to get those economies of scale that we were telling them about back in 2010?
Toby had met with Chesterfield based Age Concern just last Friday to learn about the dire consequences for their Telephone befriending service if the CCG went ahead with the 100% cut to their service. He has also highlighted that underfunding of the NHS by the Government is forcing Clinical Commissioning Groups to make some unacceptable and agonising choices about what treatments they can fund or items they can offer on prescription.