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Find funding now to save our NHS

Wansbeck General Hospital.
Wansbeck General Hospital.

Last week my colleague and Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell wrote of his concerns about the pressure health services are currently under, and I make no apology for returning to that theme.

Because even since Ronnie wrote his column the situation in hospitals and doctors’ surgeries around the country has deteriorated dramatically.

Just last week clinicians from 68 major trauma centres wrote to the Prime Minister warning her that patients are dying in hospital corridors amid intolerable safety risks.

They wrote of patients waiting or being treated in corridors because A&E units are stretched to the limits, or having to wait in ambulances for hours on end before even being admitted to the units.

Their concerns are backed up by figures showing that only 77 per cent of patients are being seen with the four-hour target limit set by the government at 93 per cent.

Of course, we are in the middle of winter when the pressure is always ramped up on our health services, which are having to deal with serious outbreaks of flu and the norovirus.

While taking all that into account, the clinicians expressed their concerns at the serious under-funding of health services in this country under her government and demanded an immediate cash injection to prevent the crisis turning into an all-out disaster.

Those same doctors and consultants apologised for the way the safety of their patients is being put at risk, despite the valiant and heroic efforts they, their nurses and staff are making to ensure everyone is given the best possible care.

Yet the PM’s response seems to be that the health service has been better prepared than ever to cope with the winter demands.

Prime Minister, the evidence has been put before your eyes by people at the sharp end of service provision that this is simply not the case.

Isn’t it time to take notice of what the people who know best are saying and find the funding to save the health services that we all value so highly, before it is too late?