The Isle of Wight’s MP Bob Seely has raised concerns over health care on the Island – calling on the government to provide more funding.
Addressing peers in Westminster last week (27), Mr Seely said it was “inequitable and unfair” that the Island does not have NHS-subsidised travel and called for an increase in funding.
He highlighted the Isles of Scilly as an example – pointing out that their residents only have to pay a maximum of £5 for travel costs.
Asking ministers why the Island does not get subsidised travel, Mr Seely said:
“This for me is yet another example of why the Isle of Wight is not treated fairly. The current arrangements for Isle of Wight residents travelling to the mainland for operations and medical appointments are much less generous and only exist thanks to the co-operation of our cross-Solent operators.”
He also requested ministers to look at funding arrangements for health services on the Island.
Discussing the Isle of Wight health event organised by Isle of Wight Radio and the County Press earlier this month (11), Mr Seely told Westminster:
“The view of my constituents was quite clear. The retention of services on the Island where possible should be a priority. I would, therefore, urge the minister to examine carefully the funding arrangements in place for health care to ensure that those needs are met.”
However, Mr Seely admitted immediate progress is unlikely but remains optimistic for future investment for the Isle of Wight’s NHS.
Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio, the Island’s MP said:
“The minister is sympathetic about the travel but we will continue to make that case, I don’t expect changes overnight. I am hopeful we will get something. When it comes to more money I have highlighted our concerns. What I want to do is all the extra cash that the government have promised to the NHS, we get a decent slice of that down on the Island.”
The National Health Service celebrates its 70th birthday this week (5).