Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin takes Russells Hall campaign to Parliament

Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed the government over spending cuts forcing Russells Hall to lay off one in ten staff.

Speaking in a debate on the NHS in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Austin demanded that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt step in to save jobs at the hospital. He said that hundreds of residents had responded to his recent survey on the issue with 98 per cent saying they thought care at the hospital will deteriorate if job cuts go ahead.

The MP also questioned UKIP MP Mark Reckless on comments from UKIP leader Nigel Farage suggesting a move to a US-style system of private health insurance.

Hospital bosses say they are being forced to make spending cuts equivalent to £12 million every year despite rising pressures from increasing demand at A&E.

Austin has launched a campaign for the government to give Russells Hall the resources it needs to maintain standards

Speaking in the debate, Ian Austin said:

“Like anyone else who lives in Dudley, we queue up at Russells Hall when we’re ill.

“That’s why I was so shocked to hear that one in ten staff are to lose their jobs – 200 in the next few weeks.

“Local people share my concerns that it’s just not possible to lose these jobs without an impact on the care and treatment people receive.

“We need a government that will give Russells Hall the resources it needs.”

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