Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, demands more funding from NHS England

Haringey Independent: Lynne Featherstone MP campaigns for fairer health funding Lynne Featherstone MP campaigns for fairer health funding

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green has written to the head of NHS England to demand more healthcare funding for Haringey.

Lynne Featherstone sent a letter to Sir David Nicholson to complain that the borough receives millions of pounds less per year than neighbouring boroughs such as Camden and Islington.

The borough receives £1,686 per person each year, which is £256 less than Camden and £212 less than Islington, according to government figures.

Haringey gets less funding despite men there having a life expectancy two years below the London average and it having the lowest percentage of children achieving a ‘good level of development’ in the country.

The letter was part of a campaign by the Haringey Liberal Democrats.

Ms Featherstone said: “Last year alone, Haringey received £70m less funding than Camden in total.

“This is just not right when levels of deprivation and need in Haringey are now at least equal to those in inner London boroughs, so we need just as much funding.

“This underfunding is having a direct impact on nurses, doctors and patients in Haringey – and that’s why I started this campaign alongside the Haringey Lib Dems and local residents.”

NHS England has previously agreed to review the formula which decides how much funding is allocated to each borough.

The amount each borough will receive for the next year will be announced on December 17.

The Lib Dem MP added: “I have sent in extensive submissions and a report to arguing for more funding for Haringey.

“I very much hope we see an increase in funding, but if we don’t – the fight goes on.”

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