Supporting our local Minor Injury Units and providing more care locally rather than long journeys to acute hospitals outside the constituency is a key priority of mine. So I am delighted that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG has announced funding to extend the local and urgent care services at Ely which nearly 13,500 patients used last year.
The good news at Ely builds on the recent progress at North Cambs which I visited earlier this month to see the building work at Rowan Lodge as part of an £8 million improvement. I am however very aware that of our three sites, this still leaves Doddington. I am continuing to lobby hard to localise more services at Doddington, and indeed more services at both Ely and Wisbech and hope to have further updates on this shortly.
The Government has committed to spend much more on our NHS with an increase of £20 billion a year by 2023. However, it is not just about what is spent but where this is spent. NHS England and NHS Improvement tell me, as a Health Minister, that 43% of patients in acute hospitals don’t need to be there clinically and it is better for their health for them to be treated at home or in the local community. So I will continue to work with health leaders locally to encourage this to happen, which I think is better for patients and also for their family and friends who often have to travel long distances for appointments or to visit.