The Government’s health reforms have focused on the role of the GP. Local doctors are best placed to commission local health services, as they understand local needs.
Scarborough Hospital has benefitted from investment in better facilities in maternity, post-operative recovery and the brand new £5m Lilac Ward. The merger with York has been a success. I am very pleased that Accident and Emergency will be better resourced as the drop in centre money is deployed where it should have been in the first place.
The Commonwealth Fund report into the performance of different national health systems recently concluded that the NHS, under this Government, is the best health service in the world. We owe a debt of gratitude to the dedicated health professionals, working at all levels, who have achieved this. This is a ringing endorsement of the Government's decision to reform the NHS and to invest an extra £12.7 billion. There are 850,000 more operations being delivered each year compared to 2010, over 8,000 more doctors and over 3,300 more nurses. We have cut the bureaucrats and redeployed the money on the front line. A Conservative Government will continue to increase spending on the NHS every year in real-terms.