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‘The treatment I got was first class’

Ronnie Campbell MP. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Ronnie Campbell MP. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell has paid tribute to North East health trusts a year after he survived life-threatening cancer operations.

And he pointed to the success of regional A&Es in reaching treatment targets and beating the national average.

Mr Campbell received chemotherapy at Wansbeck General Hospital, but his operation and specialist treatment was at the RVI in Newcastle. 

They span the Northumbria and Newcastle health trusts, both of which topped the 77 per cent national average for planned cancer operations.

The most recent figures show that Northumbria has achieved 93.7 per cent against a target of 92 per cent, while Newcastle has reached 94.9 per cent.

Mr Campbell said: “The cancer treatment I got was first class.

“Thanks to Tory underfunding and their neglect of social care, the national picture is a disgrace – the NHS is in crisis.

“But I must give credit where it is due and the picture in the North East reflects the dedication and hard work of all staff to focus healthcare where it is most needed.”

He added: “It’s time to reward the NHS health workers and give them more than the one per cent pay rises they have been getting, as that may stop some of the 85,000 nurses who have left the NHS as a whole from going.”

New figures from NHS Digital show that the annual rate for the number of nurses leaving their NHS job across England is now about one in 10.