Milton Keynes NHS to receive one of the biggest budget increases in the UK

Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

Health bosses in Milton Keynes will receive the third largest budget increase in the UK, it has been announced.

Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, which oversees healthcare across the city, is set to have a 7.64% increase in its 2015/16 budget - taking it up to £274million next year.

Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes South who has been leading a campaign for more investment into MK Hospital with fellow MP Mark Lancaster, said: “I am delighted Milton Keynes is to receive one the largest budget increases.

“Mark and I have been lobbying Ministers for a long time trying to get our funding raised to meet our population growth.

“We have had some successes over the year but this is very good news.

“This money will provide a significant investment into our GPs and Hospital and will help local health provisions continue to tackle the local challenges we face.”

The extra cash was made available during the Chancellors Autumn Statement earlier this month, which saw George Osborne pledge an extra £2 billion investment into the NHS.

The budget increase, which saw only Merton and Hounslow CCG’s receive more than Milton Keynes, is the latest news of extra investment in the city’s NHS.

In July work started on a £2.9million upgrade for the city’s A&E following a robust campaign by both Milton Keynes MPs and the Milton Keynes Citizen.

The campaigning, which was launched in February 2013, called for a new A&E to meet the growing demands of a growing city.