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So the Tories have been back in power for less than two years and this is where we are already

3:07 pm - 01/20/2012
Yvette Cooper 'deeply worried' by Army A&E medics plan

A proposal to bring in Army medics to cover a shortage of doctors is "deeply worrying", MP Yvette Cooper says.

The A&E unit in Pontefract, run by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has been closed overnight since 1 November.

Ms Cooper, shadow home secretary and MP for Pontefract and Castleford, was backed by Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett, who said the trust should "get a grip".

The trust said the unit would reopen fully as soon as enough doctors could be recruited to staff it safely.

It said it had been advised by outside experts to seek help from the Army Medical Service, as Mid Staffordshire has already done, to provide a 24-hour service.

Ms Cooper said: "It is deeply worrying that two hospitals have now had to seek help from the Army because of the shortage of doctors."

She also called on the government to explain urgently what action ministers would take "to deliver the doctors we need".

She said 12,000 people had signed a petition to get Pontefract A&E reopened fully.

Labour MP Mr Trickett told BBC Radio Leeds that the recruitment of doctors was a "general issue" facing the NHS.

He also said there had been "not the best possible" management at the trust.

"I am sick of words, I want to see deeds now.

"The answer is for the management of the trust to get a grip and recruit the necessary staff."

The trust said it was looking at how Army medical staff could provide support on a temporary basis and considering a range of options based on the experience of other trusts.


Fuck this government. Fuck them right in the ear. So fucking angry right now about them and what they're trying to do to the NHS and the welfare system. And what pisses me off even more is that they're able to do it because of some of the groundwork was done by a previous administration who dared to call themselves Labour.
sparkindarkness 21st-Jan-2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
The tories - they never surprise me
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