The Government announcement that over £13bn of NHS debt will be written off, comes after former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP, revealed last year through a freedom of information request that £607,404,854 worth of interest on outstanding debt was paid by NHS Trusts to the Department for Health and Social Care in the previous five years.
Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care said:
"It should not have taken an international pandemic crisis for NHS debt to be written off, but it is good news all the same.
"On top of these debts were huge interest rates that removed millions of pounds of funding from local hospitals every year. The money should have been spent on frontline services.
"The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for this locally for many years and we are pleased that it will finally put a stop to the injustice of our NHS trusts using their resources to pay debt interest instead of recruiting more doctors and nurses. We must now ensure funding is urgently directed towards the rollout of adequate PPE and testing for NHS and social care staff."