Speaking after Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group voted to cut almost £100,000 a year from Peaks & Dales voluntary services, High Peak MP Ruth George said: “I am appalled that Derbyshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed these short sighted cuts, which can only end up costing the NHS more in the long term. These services are hugely valued both by the elderly, often vulnerable, people who use the services – and by the volunteers who build a real bond with their clients.
“As I pointed out in the debate I held in Parliament, the NHS will need to rely more and more on volunteers as our elderly population increases. It has taken years for our voluntary services to build up their organisation and their trained and trustworthy volunteers. Once they have gone, these services cannot easily be replaced so it is completely irresponsible to cut them.”