Corby demands fair funding for healthcare

Today I spoke in Parliament to demand fair funding for healthcare in Corby, highlighting a recent report from the National Audit Office that says the town is the worst funded area of England for healthcare.

The report, which can be read here, shows that Corby receives £186 less per person per year than the allocation that NHS England says it needs. It is officially recognised by the NAO as the worst funded area of England for healthcare.

It is totally wrong that health services in Corby are being starved of funds. How can it be right that people in Chelsea or in Kensington in West London are allocated £694 per person extra a year for health funding? Corby Healthcare is doing a good job of managing with limited funds in some areas, such as the new Urgent Care Centre, but other services are having to be cut back.

The problem is even more acute than the National Audit Office suggests because the allocation decisions do not take account of population growth. Corby is a fast growing town with the highest birth rate in England.

I am calling on the government to fund Corby Healthcare at the target amount next year. We are not asking for a rebate for underfunding in previous years, although that would be welcome, but it is a basic question of fairness that Corby should be funded according to needs.

In the coming months I will be asking local people to join my campaign for fair health funding and together we will demand that the government listens and ends the injustice of filling the coffers of health commissioners in wealthy areas at the expense of Corby. Read the rest of this entry »


What you told me about local NHS services

Thank you to everyone who responded to my recent survey on local NHS services. I really appreciate it that you took the time to let me know what you think.

The main conclusions from the survey are:

  • 95% of people supported my cross-party campaign to improve hospital services in our area
  • Many of you have used the NHS in the last 12 months – in particular GP services – and I’m glad to say that over 90% of you were satisfied with the treatment you received
  • Some people had experienced long waiting times and phone lines being engaged when trying to book a GP surgery appointment
  • Access to ‘out of hours’ services was seen to be problematic and a number of people expressed frustration with both the new 111 NHS telephone service and the inadequate arrangements for GP cover provided by your surgery
  • There was a high level of concern about the increasing privatisation of services. 71% of people were in favour of bringing services that have previously been privatised back into the NHS and only 7% were happy to see more privatisation.

Going forward, I will continue the cross party hospital improvements campaign, and I will take up the issues about GP appointments and out of hours cover with the local clinical commissioning group and ask them to let me know how they will work together with local surgeries to improve access to services.

Funding is always a critical issue of course and I very much support Ed Miliband’s announcement this week that a future Labour government will guarantee that all patients will be able to get a GP appointment within 48 hours. There will be an extra £100 million a year to achieve this massive improvement in standards funded mainly by the savings it will lead to in other health budgets, such as reducing visits to A&E.

Thank you once again for getting in touch. Please do not hesitate to contact me to share your views or ask for help. The easiest way to contact me is to call 01536 264194 or email I also hold regular surgeries in Corby, Irthlingborough, Raunds, Thrapston and Oundle. Please telephone or email me for further details. 

Local NHS Campaign survey

18 months ago accident and emergency services and in-hospital services for children at the hospital serving Corby and East Northamptonshire were under serious threat of closure. I promised to do everything I could to stop local health cuts.  That’s why I put politics aside and formed a cross party campaign with the MPs for Kettering and Wellingborough.  We have worked together to ‘Save and Improve Kettering General Hospital’ and we have put a stop to the plans to downgrade A&E, maternity and children’s services. Now we are moving onto the next stage of our campaign. The population is growing locally and some of our NHS services and buildings have seen better days.  I want our health services to be the best in the country and there is a lot of work to do.   Our cross party campaign is pressing for:

  • Extra money to help deal with the current capacity crisis in A&E
  • New Urgent Care Centres
  • Better access to GP services

To put pressure on the Government we need to show that we are backed by our constituents. I would be most grateful if you could fill in the survey below.

Save and Improve Kettering General Hospital

Andy Sawford - KGH


It is a year since I launched a cross-party campaign with the MPs for Kettering and Wellingborough to save and improve services at Kettering General Hospital, which serves my constituents.    This is a review of our campaign and looks forward to our priorities for 2014.

In August of 2012 I learnt of the Healthier Together review of five hospitals: Kettering, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton and Dunstable.   At a presentation I attended the review team outlined their preferred option for the future of hospital services, which was to downgrade Accident and Emergency, in-patient paediatrics for children, and obstetrics and maternity at 2 out of the 5 hospitals. Read the rest of this entry »

Continuing my campaign to support Kettering General Hospital with two vital meetings


I recently met with the  Chairmen of the two Clinical Commissioning Groups serving north Northamptonshire, to discuss local healthcare issues and action to improve A&E at Kettering General Hospital.

I was joined at the meeting by my neighbouring  MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone.  Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough was unable to be at the meeting but is working jointly with Mr Hollobone and myself  in support of Kettering General Hospital.   We met with Dr Peter Wilczynski, Chairman of Corby Healthcare, and Dr Darin Seiger, Chairman of the NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group.  Together these organisations are responsible for healthcare in Northamptonshire, working with GPs, community health services and the counties hospitals.

At the meeting we highlighted particular concerns about Accident and Emergency services at Kettering General Hospital, which are currently failing to meet national standards and targets Read the rest of this entry »

Pressing the government to invest in Kettering General Hospital

Andy Sawford KGH Westminster Hall

One of my 6 pledges is to protect the vital health services in Corby and East Northamptonshire.

On Wednesday 26th June I led a debate in Parliament in which I made the case for an funding to be made available for improvements at Kettering General Hospital.

I wanted to highlight to the Government the particular issues we face at the hospital.

Accident & Emergency around the country has real problems around the country with waiting times, but at Kettering General the Trust has been unfortunately missing its targets for a long time.

Demand on the hospital is only going to increase. Corby is the fastest growing town in the country, it has the highest birth rate in England and it is set to double in size over the next 20 years. Lots of people in Corby and East Northamptonshire use Kettering General and this is why I believe we must be investing, not cutting, the budgets at the hospital.

I was pleased that the Minister accepted my case of rising demand and Ministers at the Department of Health have agreed to meet with me again to discuss increasing funding for improvements at the hospital.

A full transcript of my speech can be found on TheyWorkForYou or read below: Read the rest of this entry »

Visiting Dementia café in Corby

talk dementia

As the Corby Telegraph reports, I recently visited the Dementia café in Corby to chat to people with dementia and their families.

The Dementia Cafe is a great place for local people to meet up for friendship, advice and support. 

By talking about the problems that having dementia brings, a person and their family may better manage situations that arise.

There are 11 Dementia Cafés throughout Northamptonshire. Each café is held for 2 hours on a monthly basis and offers local people: Read the rest of this entry »