is 'strained but not in crisis' says Burnham's MP James Heappey
NHS services are facing "real challenges" and are under
"considerable strain" according to Burnham-On-Sea's MP
James Heappey, who says claims that the NHS is facing a crisis are
MP made the comments this week during a parliamentary debate on
NHS and social care funding, where he called on the Government to
re-examine funding for rural areas.
said: "There is no doubt our primary healthcare system is under
considerable strain, as is our adult social care system."
hospitals, too, face record demand. However, to call this a crisis
is a disservice to those in the clinical commissioning group and
our local hospital trust who have worked so hard to prepare for
the incredible challenges they face this winter."
claim all is perfect right now is not true, but to claim there is
a crisis is not true either."
said Weston General Hospital has experienced 100 per cent occupancy
at times during the last few weeks, while Taunton and Yeovil hospitals
have been at 81 and 82 per cent capacity respectively.
Burnham MP added that a lack of available social care has led to
increased bed blocking, but the Government has given local authorities
the flexibility to raise council tax to fund social care
but even significant rises will not provide enough additional cash
to foot the ever-increasing bill.
Heappey said the County Council and NHS organisations remain "very
concerned" and argued the countys ageing population and
rural standing puts even more strain on its services. Mr Heappey
also said difficulty recruiting new GPs is a further challenge.
called on the Government to re-examine its funding to make sure
that the financial gap between urban and rural areas does not widen.