Wirral hospitals pay £2.5 million in interest

Tories starve Wirral hospitals of £2.5 million

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Tories as “heartless” for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust paid £2,569,015 in interest on outstanding debt over the last five years.

Clatterbridge Hospital

Former Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, warned taxpayers money being spent “lining the Government’s coffers instead of training more doctors and nurses” was “an absolute slap in the face to all of us that rely on the NHS.”

The figures from the Department for Health and Social Care, uncovered by a Liberal Democrat Freedom of Information request, revealed £607,404,854 worth of interest on outstanding debt was paid over by NHS Trusts to the Department for Health and Social Care in the last five years. According to calculations by the Liberal Democrats, that money could have paid for 22,000 Nurses, 13,850 Clinical Psychologists or 6,700 Consultants.

Chair of Wirral Liberal Democrats, Allan Brame said:

“While hard-working doctors and nurses are being forced to work with insufficient resources, it’s frankly heartless that the Conservatives have starved Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge of £2.5m over five years, with £1m being lost in the last financial year

“If the Conservatives were actually giving our hospitals the funding they need, then health trusts wouldn’t be forced to run a deficit in the first place.”

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron added:

“That taxpayers’ money is being spent lining the Government’s coffers instead of on training more doctors and nurses is an absolute slap in the face to all of us that rely on the NHS.

“People deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats demand better. That is why Liberal Democrats are committed to a transformational investment in public health with a modest penny on income tax.”