In our constituency, as across the UK as a whole, we face pressure on the NHS from an ageing population, higher costs of drugs and an increase in the volume of patients whom our hospitals and GP surgeries have to cope with.
We are protecting NHS funding. But, a sustainable approach must include delivering more local services in the community. The two local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Elmbridge are helping to deliver that. I regularly meet with both to hear about their progress in supporting local GP practices and providing extra health services in the community to ease the pressure on our major hospitals.