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Health Services (Oxfordshire)

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

I am grateful to have the opportunity to present a petition signed by some 15,000 of my constituents, and also to present a petition on behalf of my right hon. Friend and neighbour the Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron), concerning health services in Oxfordshire.

The Petition of residents of Oxfordshire

Declares that the Petitioners are extremely concerned about the scale of debt in the Oxfordshire NHS. The existing Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority receives one fifth less than the national average of NHS spending and if Oxfordshire was simply funded halfway towards the national average there would be no debt. This means the NHS in Oxfordshire has one fifth less to spend on acute hospitals beds, drugs provision and staff.

Further declares that of all Trusts in England, it is Oxfordshire which receives the lowest funding for treatment per patient. Government Ministers, including the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health, will be benefiting by funding above the national average to the tune of sums by which Oxfordshire PCTs will be underfunded.

Further declares that the blatant discrimination in the funding system for the NHS is not fair, cannot be justified, and means that in Oxfordshire NHS jobs are under threat, community care is under threat, mental health care is under threat and operations and beds are under threat.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls upon the Government to urgently review the funding system for the NHS in England and Wales, to introduce fairer funding for the whole NHS, to stop staff, patients and families in Oxfordshire and other parts of the country being penalised.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.

I have the honour of presenting a petition on behalf of my constituents resident in south-west Northamptonshire, also in relation to funding and related matters connected with the Horton general hospital in Banbury, in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry). That hospital is of major interest to a large number of my constituents. Indeed, Miss Horton, its founder, was a resident in my constituency.

The petition is in very similar terms to the one presented to the House by my hon. Friend. I shall therefore repeat only its conclusion, which is in these terms:

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls upon the Government to urgently review the funding system for the NHS in England and Wales, to introduce fairer funding for the whole NHS, to stop staff, patients and families in Oxfordshire and other parts of the country being penalised.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.

I have the honour of presenting a petition signed by many thousands of my constituents in Wantage. The petition is couched in very similar terms to those of my hon. Friends the Members for Banbury (Tony Baldry) and for Daventry (Mr. Boswell). I therefore propose to read out only the conclusion of the petition, which states:

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls upon the Government to urgently review the funding system for the NHS in England and Wales, to introduce fairer funding for the whole NHS, to stop staff, patients and families in Oxfordshire and other parts of the country being penalised.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.