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Crawley Council Leader calls on Secretary of State to fund Crawley’s NHS

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Peter Lamb, Labour Leader of Crawley Borough Council, is calling upon Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Heath, to provide NHS Crawley’s Clinical Commissioning Group with the funding it needs to move out of Special Measures.

Last year, Crawley’s Clinical Commissioning Group, which funds NHS treatment for residents in the town, became the latest CGG to be put into ‘Special Measures’ as a result of their centrally-allocated funding no longer covering the cost of meeting residents’ medical needs.

Crawley CCG are now required to construct a Financial Recovery Plan, outlining how spending on the town’s healthcare will be brought into line with their allocated funding. No clear information is available on just how this will be achieved, but the scale of the gap has led to concerns that it may require the rationing of treatment or changes to the level of medical severity required for patients to access some services.

A petition started by Cllr Lamb on the 2nd January as part of his campaign to secure the funding for Crawley CCG has reached almost 5,000 signatures and he has urged everyone concerned about the future of healthcare in the town to show their support.

Cllr Peter Lamb, Labour Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“People have a right to know that when they’re in medical need the treatment they will be offered is the one best suited to their medical needs and not just the best the NHS can afford right now.

“The number of CCGs now in financial Special Measures highlights that this isn’t an issue of local mismanagement, but a national crisis in NHS funding. To avoid this crisis turning into a catastrophe, every resident needs to use their voice to demand the Secretary of State wakes up and delivers the funding Crawley’s NHS needs to keep people safe and healthy.”

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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