Crawley health services concerns

Crawley MP Henry Smith's latest column
Crawley MP Henry Smith's latest column

Last week in the House of Commons, I again raised the issue of Crawley health services.

I am pleased the Health Secretary responded by saying that there are over 200 more doctors and nurses at Crawley Hospital since 2010.

It hurts that our town still feels the negative effects of the previous government, who closed our A&E and maternity services.

However, facilities are returning. It was an honour to open the new Digital Mammography Unit in 2012.

I was pleased to congratulate staff at East Surrey recently, following the latest figures that show 94.4 per cent of A&E patients are being seen within the target time, a figure higher than the English national average.

Compared to the last full year of the previous government, A&Es across the country see 3,000 more people every single day.

We all rely on the NHS which provides care for your family and mine - indeed my wife used to work at Crawley and East Surrey hospitals.

It is a shocking indictment of some politicians today to hear that they want to ‘weaponise’ our health service.

How is such behaviour going to help patients or staff?

Over the last few years, there are over 8,000 more doctors, 400 more A&E consultants and 6,000 more hospital nurses in the NHS. There are 17,000 extra clinical staff since 2010.

Such policies can only be made with sound national finances to back them up. Our economy is growing at the strongest rate amongst any major nation, including Germany and the US. This increasing strength of the economy has enabled the Government to make commitments to the NHS, such as increasing its funding by almost £12.7 billion over the course of this Parliament. This represents a real-terms increase in the Health Service for every year of the past five in England; this contrasts starkly with the NHS in Labour run Wales where they have cut funding by 8%.

Going forward, the Government will improve GP access, so we can all see a local doctor seven days a week.

I am always on hand to assist if I can help anyone with a local healthcare issue. Please get in touch by either writing to me at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or email me directly at