Andrew Dismore AM: I would like to raise with you the challenge of a growing population. It does not seem to figure in your charts. In London the Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimates that we are going to see a 13% growth in population up until 2022. If you channel that down, you see in Barnet, one of the areas I represent, that the population is one of the fastest growing in the country, sixth highest in the country, going from 264,000 to 422,000. If we narrow that down even further to one ward, Colindale, the population there is going to go up, doubling to 35,300-odd, 11,000 new homes in one ward. In fact, it is not just one ward, it is one polling district; it is that concentrated.
The real problem seems to be that NHS England - maybe this is a question for your colleague - does not seem to understand that. Our CCG tell me - and I have the figures from NHS England and them - that the funding always lags way behind the growth in population. Although we are getting above average increases, it is not matching the above average growth in population that goes with it. What has happened for these people in Colindale - and you talk about a postcode lottery - they did not have a ticket in the lottery because there is no new GP provision at all in that area for these additional people.
They will probably come under your mostly healthy people. The people moving in tend to be young families and young people, but inevitably that therefore feeds through into this impact on the local A&E departments. You know yourself about the Barnet and Chase Farm problem; the woeful performance of its A&E and its other services is a result of this. When is NHS England, hopefully through your good offices, going to realise that they have got to have resources for these new developments in place before or as the people move in, not lagging behind? You will never solve this A&E crisis until we have the primary care in place. The way the funding system works, it is always after the event.