Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Labour Health and Care Chief visits local GP surgery

Shadow Care Minister Liz Kendall has set out Labour’s plans to employ and train more doctors and reduce waiting times while visiting Dudley.

She visited Eve Hill Medical Practice to listen to local doctors, staff and patients.

Official figures show that thousands of patients in Dudley waited a week or more to see their GP in the last year.  Labour has made a commitment to invest in 8,000 more GPs, boost the number of NHS staff trained in Britain and guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours.

Ian Austin has been campaigning to prevent job losses at Russells Hall after the hospital announced that one in ten of the hospital’s 4,200 staff would lose their jobs as a result of government rules that cut spending by £12 million every year.

In a recent letter to Ian Austin the hospital’s Chief Executive Paula Clark has blasted the cuts, saying that they “place care at risk”.

Ian Austin said:

“Like any other local family, we queue up at Russells Hall and local surgeries when we’re ill. Everyone knows the pressure that the local NHS is under.

“Local people are really worried about what will happen if Russells Hall Hospital has to lose one in ten staff, and we have it black and white from hospital bosses that these cuts threaten patient care.

“Fighting for more resources for our local NHS is one of my top priorities because we need more doctors and nurses, shorter waiting times for appointments and treatment and a government that takes action to support frontline staff in places like Dudley.”

Liz Kendall said:

“This government is putting the NHS under massive pressure.  Here in Dudley the local hospital is losing one in ten staff and thousands of patients are waiting a week or more to see their GP.

“That’s why we need a Labour government to tackle this NHS crisis by investing an extra £2.5 billion in 20,000 new nurses and 8,000 new doctors.”

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