Commenting on figures released by Monitor showing that the NHS in England has a deficit of nearly £500m Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, said:
“These startling figures clearly show the extreme financial pressure the NHS is under. It is well documented that the NHS is struggling to hit key waiting time targets for cancer, A&E units and routine operations.
“Earlier this year we learned that South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs James Cook hospital is facing a financial black hole of nearly £30m. The fact that so many trusts are in the red show that it is clearly more than a local governance issue.
“Jeremy Hunt, the Tory Health Minister, urgently needs to get a grip of yet another NHS crisis happening under his watch.”