Tory A&E winter plans branded a disgrace as North East misses out on vital funding

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.

Tom said:

“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.”

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