Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has today (10th September 2013) branded Jeremy Hunt’s A&E winter planning a disgrace as it was revealed the North East will not receive any extra cash to deal with winter pressures.
In a written ministerial statement it was revealed that out of a pot of £250 million: £57million will be for the South of England, £55 million for London, £86 million for Midlands and East combined, and £21 million for the North West and Yorkshire combined.
“It is an absolute disgrace that the health service in the North East is missing out any extra funding to cope with the inevitable extra pressures A&E services face during the winter months. In light of some of the incidents that took place last year at local hospitals, I am genuinely puzzled as to why our area is missing out on this funding. I even met with the Minister and arranged a Parliamentary debate to highlight A&E issues our area is facing so Jeremy Hunt cannot deny that he is not aware of the issues facing our area.
“Locally, a lot of work has gone into improving A&E services following some of the appalling incidents that took place last year but I fear that good work could come undone as we head into the winter months.
“I will be raising the issue with Ministers as soon as possible and I sincerely hope that not including the North East in this funding is, at best, just a mistake on behalf of Health Secretary. At worst, it just goes to show that you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.”