A Tory MP has praised plans to part-fund key NHS services through car boot sales. With a number of NHS trusts thought to be on the brink of bankruptcy, Stockton South MP James Wharton claimed that proposals by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to generate cash in this way were “positive” and “innovative”.
Wharton told the Evening Gazette:
“I think it is a positive thing that the hospital is looking at doing whatever it can to bring more money into the services it can provide. It’s welcome that they are looking at additional and innovative ways of raising more funds.”
With the trust facing £40 million in cuts, Scrapbook wonders what Wharton supposes the £5,000 generated by the sales will achieve. And despite the news that the NHS spending has been slashed — in breach of the government’s pledges on health — the north east MP is still spinning that the Coalition was increasing spending year on year.
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