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Funding Settlement for the health service in England

Part of NHS Funding Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:15 pm on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of David Simmonds David Simmonds Conservative, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner 3:15 pm, 4th February 2020

My right hon. Friend mentioned targets and people getting access to care. Gareth Thomas referenced Pinn Medical Centre, which is in my constituency, and the impact on Northwick Park Hospital in his constituency. This is a really good example of when the issue is not with the total sum of funding but with how the NHS is spending it. If the system can afford £300 to pay for each A&E attendance, I am sure it can afford £70 for those patients to attend a walk-in centre instead. This is not about an arms race and who can spend the most, but about who can bring the most focus to spending the money in the way that benefits patients and our constituents the greatest.