Tories starve Royal Surrey County Hospital of over £900,000

September 30, 2019 10:30 AM
By Cllr Will Forster

Tories starve Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust of £910,381

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The Lib Dems have slammed the Conservatives as "heartless" for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing that the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust paid £910,381 in interest on outstanding debt over the last five years.

Former Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, warned taxpayers money being spent "lining the Government's coffers instead of training more doctors and nurses" was "an absolute slap in the face to all of us that rely on the NHS".

The figures from the Department for Health and Social Care, uncovered by a Lib Dem Freedom of Information request, revealed approximately £607 Million worth of interest on outstanding debt was paid over by NHS Trusts to the Department for Health and Social Care in the last five years.

According to calculations by the Lib Dems, that money could have paid for 22,000 Nurses, 13,850 Clinical Psychologists or 6,700 Consultants.

The same statistics also show that our NHS Trusts, which service a local area or specialised function to deliver aspects of healthcare, paid almost £63 million of interest on outstanding debt in 2013/2014. In 2017/2018, it dramatically rose to over £205 million.

The revelation reinforces concerns from the National Audit Office which warns "the underlying financial health in some trusts is getting worse", despite the Government's commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to "reducing year-on-year the number of trusts and CCGs individually in deficit, so that all NHS organisations are in balance by 2023/24."

Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Woking Constituency, Will Forster, said:

"Whilst hard working doctors and nurses are being forced to work with insufficient resources, it is frankly heartless that the Tories have starved Royal Surrey County Hospital of £910,381.

"If the Conservatives were actually giving our hospitals the funding they need, then health trusts would not be forced to run a deficit in the first place."

Lib Dem MP Tim Farron added:

"People deserve better, and the Lib Dems demand better. That is why the Lib Dems are committed to a transforming investment in public health with a modest penny on income tax."