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MP Criticises Loss Of Nurses And High Waiting Times

Tuesday July 16 2013

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

A BARNSLEY MP has criticised the loss of nurses in Yorkshire and raised concerns over high waiting times at Barnsley Hospital.

Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, said the NHS was an incredible institution and one of Britain's proudest achievements, but it needed to be strengthened and protected.

Figures show that Yorkshire has lost 1,110 nurses since May 2010 and waiting times in Barnsley have increased.

NHS England figures show the target of 95 per cent of patients being seen within four hours has been missed by the Accident and Emergency Unit at Barnsley Hospital in 29 of the last 36 weeks, with a total of 4,401 people having to wait more than four hours before being seen.

Mr Dugher said: “The NHS’s 65th birthday is an opportunity to celebrate, but if we're going to commemorate future milestones then I believe we need to make sure our NHS is strengthened and protected."

Mr Dugher said the figures were not good enough, adding: “We must safeguard our NHS so that future generations are able to benefit from our incredible health service.”

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Reply Posted by mrs c. on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 17:34
Perhaps Mr. Dugher should tread in the footsteps of a nurse......they sometimes do long 14 hour days and dont get dinner breaks because there patients are so ill they cant be left,yes they are understaffed....lets not keep pulling them down...give them a bit more encouragement and a bit more support....there work dosent stop after a 14 hour shift,many of them have young families to support....

Reply Posted by mr merlin on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 01:02
Mr Dugher did not criticise nurses any where in his comments, I would guess he knows what nurses have to put up with, he was critisising the LOSS of nurses, which is common in any service today, the tosspot government expect miracles to be done with less staff and less money, in all our emergency services, started with privatising cleaning staff, that turned out a home goal with all the super bugs didn't it, wonder where its going to end, DIY surgery i guess all equipment supplied by B&Q, or you started the fire put it out yourself, and Sean Doyle policing the streets