NHS in Cornwall £200m under-funded, MP Andrew George says
The Government has short-changed the NHS in Cornwall by more than £200 million over six years, an MP has claimed in Parliament.
Andrew George, MP for St Ives, contended the amount of money health trusts get is significantly less than what the government funding formula indicates they deserve.
In the Westminster Hall debate, secured by Mr George, he said he would be "surprised" if any other part of the country had a greater deficit.
Liberal Democrat MP Mr George said: "Cornwall must make sure it gets a fair share of the cake. Cornwall gets significantly less than government says we deserve.
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"The Government should take account of Cornwall's under-funding in recent years. For example, between 2006 and 2012, in those six years alone Cornwall has received £201 million less than its target. That is a very significant amount of money."
Mr George also pressed for the introduction of cervical screening for women under 25 years old, in support of a campaign led by the mother of Mercedes Curnow – the Penzance woman who died from cervical cancer, aged 23, after it was diagnosed too late.
In response, Health Minister Anna Soubry offered to meet with the MP over extending screening to younger women, and promised that the Government wanted to make sure future funding for Cornwall is fair.