We call upon the Secretary of State to give Crawley's NHS the funding it needs to function

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In July 2017, Crawley's Clinical Commissioning Group, the body responsible for funding NHS treatment for Crawley residents, was put into 'Special Measures' due to the budget allocated to them no longer covering the costs of meeting the town's healthcare needs.

In Sussex, Surrey and Kent alone, five out of fourteen CCGs have now been placed into Special Measures, highlighting the general financial difficulties faced across the NHS, yet at the Budget in Autumn 2017, funding was announced for less than half the gap identified by healthcare experts.

As part of being in Special Measures, Crawley CCG is now required to put together a Financial Recovery Plan, outlining how expenditure on Crawley residents' healthcare will be brought in-line with the funding they are centrally allocated.

At this stage we have no clear information on what steps are being proposed to to cut healthcare expenditure in Crawley. The CCG will work to deliver the best services they can with the resources they have available, but as patients we shouldn't have to wonder whether the treatments we will be offered in the future are the ones our medical practitioners believe to be right for our condition or simply the best the local NHS can afford.

It doesn't have to be this way. CCGs are moving into Special Measures because the funding allocated to the NHS is insufficient for meeting residents' needs. The Government has the power to raise more revenue or change their priorities for the money already within the system. The Health Secretary must now take action to ensure that NHS Crawley CCG receives the funding it requires to move out of Special Measures before any consideration is given to the rationing treatment.

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