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Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on Government Ministers to get a grip on finances and waiting times at Russells Hall.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Austin slammed the Government for failing Dudley patients on waiting times and allowing Russells Hall to develop a £12 million deficit.  In his reply the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed that 86 trusts across the country are forecasting deficits.

Austin spoke after asking hundreds of local residents for their views on the hospital with 9 in 10 saying they had concerns over the impact the hospital’s deficit would have on waiting times at the hospital.

The hospital’s Chief Executive Paula Clark has called the hospital’s finances “critical” and said that jobs were at risk as bosses battle to bring costs down.

Recent reports have also revealed that Russells Hall has missed its cancer treatment targets for the last three months, has kept patients waiting up to five hours for chemotherapy and is being investigated for waits at A&E.

Speaking in the debate, Ian Austin said:

“Jobs at Russells Hall hospital are at risk as managers battle with a £12 million deficit that the chief executive says is “critical”, staff are working flat out but people are waiting too long in A&E and waiting too long for other treatment too.

“What’s he going to do to make sure that patients at Dudley and hard-working staff at Russells Hall get the support that they need?”

Austin slams government on support for Russells Hall

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on Government Ministers to get a grip on finances and waiting times at Russells Hall.

Campaigners fighting to save the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley have won a bid to protect it for six months.

After pressure from campaigners and Dudley MP Ian Austin Dudley Council has agreed to list the pub as an ‘Asset of Community Value’, meaning the pub cannot be changed or demolished in the next six months.

Campaigners are working to protect the local pub after Morrisons announced a desire to buy the pub and turn it into a supermarket.

Ian Austin MP is now working to arrange a meeting between Marston’s, Morrisons and local campaigners to discuss the future of the pub.

Local residents can sign campaigners’ petition to save the pub here.

Ian Austin said:

“Pubs like the Seven Stars are at the heart of the local community in Dudley, and I don’t want it turned into a supermarket.

“I’m really pleased that Dudley Council has recognised the pub’s community value and protected it for six months.

“Now I want Marston’s and Morrisons to get round the table to campaigners and secure a future for the pub.

Six month reprieve for Seven Stars pub

Campaigners fighting to save the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley have won a bid to protect it for six months.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on Government Ministers to get a grip on border checks.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Austin slammed the Government for failing to meet its immigration target and cutting the number of people turned away at the border.

Austin has held a dozen public meetings in Dudley to listen to his constituents’ views on immigration over the last six weeks and demanded Ministers introduce a range of measures to tackle the issue including:

  • bringing in exit checks to count people in and out of the country
  • bringing back finger print checks for illegal migrants at Calais
  • stopping people claiming benefits for children abroad
  • and changing the law to make it easier to deport EU criminals for a first offence when they first arrive

Speaking in the debate, Ian Austin said:

“The government has completely failed to meet their immigration target and the number stopped at the border and sent home has actually fallen by 45%.

“Why won’t they bring in exit checks to count people in and out, why won’t they bring back finger print checks for illegal migrants at Calais, why won’t they stop people claiming benefits for children abroad and change the law to make it easier to deport EU criminals for a first offence when they first arrive?”

Austin demands government gets a grip on immigration

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on Government Ministers to get a grip on border checks.


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