Corby one of the winners as whole county gets health funding boost

Kettering Hospital says it is facing 'unprecedented' demand for its services this winter
Kettering Hospital says it is facing 'unprecedented' demand for its services this winter

The body in charge of healthcare in Corby has been handed one of the biggest funding increases in England.

Corby’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) has been given a boost of 7.6 per cent – the fourth-highest of 211 CCGs in the country – in its cash allocated for 2015-16.

And Nene CCG, which takes care of health services across the rest of Northamptonshire, will receive an increase of 6.8 per cent.

The average increase in NHS England funding for CCGs is 3.7 per cent.

It means Corby will receive £84m in 2015-16, with Nene being given £709m, with the extra money helping to bring the county in line with the level their funding should be at.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone pointed out all the rates of increase were well above the rate of inflation, and said the large increase locally was partly thanks to the pressure applied by local MPs.

He added: “Northants Telegraph readers will be really pleased to see this massive injection of new funding into our local NHS.

“I’m delighted that the NT area is to receive one of the biggest increases in extra money of anywhere in the country which will help to fund the record number of local people receiving treatment from local GPs and Kettering General Hospital.”

Last month Mr Hollobone asked health minister Dan Poulter for extra cash for Northamptonshire’s CCGs.

In response, Dr Poulter said: “I should like to reassure him that the Nene and Corby clinical commissioning groups have both received higher-than-real-terms growth in their funding allocations and will do so again next year, to move them closer to their target allocations.”