Brighton MP criticises local health chiefs for leaving disabled people without support

Posted On 26 Mar 2019 at 6:56 pm

Brighton Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle criticised local health chiefs in the House of Commons today (Tuesday 26 March).

The Labour MP said that Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had left a charity for disabled people high and dry at short notice.

At Health Questions in the Commons, Mr Russell-Moyle said: “Possability People is a disability charity in my constituency that has operated consistently for the last 30 years.

“Some 85 per cent of its funding comes from the clinical commissioning group but on (Tuesday) 12 March it received a letter saying that the funding would stop in April.

“That follows the CCG’s decision last year to stop all funding for the low-vision clinic in my constituency.

“From April onwards, disabled people will have to go to their GP to access these services, which will cost more for the health service.

“Will the minister meet me to discuss how we can save money?”

Health Minister Caroline Dinenage said: “The honourable gentleman is absolutely right to draw the House’s attention to how vital local community services are in supporting people and to say that we really do need to invest in them.

“Clearly, these matters of investment are for local areas which is why we allow CCGs to make these decisions but I am more than happy to meet him to discuss the matter.”

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