With information like this coming from the House of Lords we need some answers from Government.
In response to a written question from the independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Hansard 12.02.16), Lord Prior of Brampton for the Government has confirmed that NHS spending per head of the population, in real terms, has doubled since the turn of the century. Comparing figures for 1997-98 with 2013-14, Lord Prior revealed that the figure had jumped from £1,026 to £1,994.
Lord Stoddart said: “When you consider the huge rise in population since 1998 and the current cash-strapped image of the NHS, it comes as something of a surprise to find that we are spending very nearly double per head of the population, than we were 18 years ago. This means that the average family of four is getting almost £8,000 per annum spent on it by the NHS. Where is all this money going when we have such a badly run out of hours telephone hotline service, where staff routinely fall asleep and junior doctors feel it necessary to take industrial action?
“With the UK population having risen by about 5 million since 2001, I would have expected the figure spent per head to have fallen quite substantially, not risen dramatically. These figures suggest that, far from underfunding patient care, successive governments have spent more than ever.”
UKIP Councillor Michael Baker
Church Farm, West Beckham