Doctor And Nurses

Reading’s health services – such as GPs, hospitals and walk-in centres – will receive an extra £8 million in funding this year.

The new funding, which is distributed by NHS England, is a 3.7% rise from South Reading’s previous allocation and a 3.3% rise from North and West Reading’s previous allocation.

The increase also follows the extra £2 billion given to the NHS by the Coalition Government in the Autumn Statement last year.

Local Liberal Democrats have welcomed the rise in funding – but has also said they will continue to push for even more money for local services.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West, Meri O’Connell said:

“I am delighted with the huge rise in funding for our local health services. The money will help our hard-working health professionals, and hopefully reduce waiting times and improve care for local residents.

“But there is still more that can be done – and I will keep putting the case forward for even more money for local care and health services”