THE fight for more health care funding in the county has been taken to Parliament.

In the Commons, Jesse Norman questioned the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt on the funding of rural hospitals and clinical commissioning groups.

Mr Norman asked Mr Hunt if shared a view  my view that setting clinical commissioning group allocations should be an evidence-based process including sparsity and old age.

In response, Mr Hunt said the Government had “depoliticised” NHS funding decisions by placing them under the control of NHS England, but that despite the technical difficulties involved the NHS was seeking to remedy historical imbalances in funding for rural areas.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Norman said the future for stroke services in the county showed how progress could be made over funding.

"Only this week we saw that stroke care will be remaining in the county, an issue I first pressed with the then Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley MP, in August 2012 -  there is still a long way to go, but this is a further positive move forward,” he said.