Healthcare funding boost to make ‘real difference’ in MK

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The Milton Keynes health economy is set to benefit from a £20 million funding boost over the next two years.

The news, announced by the Department for Health, means that the Milton Keynes Clinical Commission Group, which is responsible for many of the healthcare services in the city, will see its funding rise by approximately £10m in each of the next two years.

This year the CCG received a budget of around £244m.

The rise is the fifth largest increase for any CCG in the country and is in addition to the recently announced extra £2.7m for the hospital to help it cope with extra pressure on its Accident and Emergency department this winter.

The major increase comes as Government has changed funding formulas, partly from pressure from local MPs, to recognise the major increase in population experienced in Milton Keynes.

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “This is tremendous news and having first raised this in Parliament back in 2010, we’ve campaigned long and hard to get the funding formulas to properly recognise our major population growth in Milton Keynes.

He added: “I’m delighted that the Government has both listened and acted. It underlines a clear commitment by the Government to properly fund healthcare.

“A real time increase of over £20 million over the next two years will make a major difference to us living here in Milton Keynes.”