Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Dudley hospitals in the red

Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed the Government after reports that local hospitals are in the red.

Dudley MP Ian Austin today accused the Government of losing control of NHS finances as reports indicate that the Dudley Group of Hospitals is now £1.38 million in the red.

The figures, obtained from Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and the House of Commons Library, show NHS finances have gone backwards in every English region since the General Election. Hospitals in the West Midlands have seen their finances hit particularly hard.

A new analysis by Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, shows that across the country 1 in 3 acute Trusts is now in deficit, with a marked worsening of NHS finances in the last year.

Austin has written to Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, to raise concerns and call for Dudley hospitals to get the resources they need to deal with the waiting lists and queues for A&E.

Ian Austin said:

“When me or a member of my family is ill, we queue up at Russells Hall like anybody else in Dudley, so I’m really concerned by the news that Dudley hospitals are going deeper into debt.

“Doctors, nurses and other staff are working flat out at Russells Hall but the government have squandered £3 billion on reorganising the NHS instead of supporting front-line staff.

“As a result, local people are facing longer waits at A&E, cancelled operations at their highest level for a decade and waits for vital cancer tests and treatments increasing too. The Tories need to get a grip on their finances and give hospitals the resources they need.”

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