Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Nearly one in ten jobs to go at Russells Hall to meet funding crisis

Dudley MP Ian Austin today demanded the Government step in to save jobs at Russells Hall Hospital.

He accused Ministers of losing control of NHS finances after Russells Hall bosses announced that almost one in ten of its 4,200 staff will lose their jobs with 200 set to lose their jobs by the end of March.

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

Austin has previously raised concerns about the hospital’s debt levels in the House of Commons, telling Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that more resources are needed to deal with waiting times.

The MP has now written to the Health Secretary urging him to look at the impact of job losses and debt at the hospital and has tabled urgent Parliamentary Questions to investigate their impact.

Ian Austin said:

“When me or a member of my family is ill we use Russells Hall like anybody else in Dudley, so I know staff are working flat out and there’s no way the hospital can afford to lose one in ten staff – 200 in the next two months – without a real impact on the service patients receive.

“Instead of supporting staff the government has squandered £3 billion on reorganising the NHS. As a result local people are facing longer waits at A&E, cancelled operations at their highest level for decade and waits for vital tests and treatments are increasing too.

“We need a government that takes the NHS seriously and puts patients first. We’re promising a tax on homes worth £2 million to pay for 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs.”


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