Letter: Government to blame for NHS cuts

Bridlington Hospital.
Bridlington Hospital.

Bridlington MP Greg Knight has called on health bosses to save the palliative care ward, and the minor injuries unit at Bridlington Hospital.

What Mr Knight does not say is that it is his own party that plans to close palliative care wards, hospitals and A&E units throughout the country.

The British Medical Association has revealed plans for £22 billion of NHS cuts by Mr Knight’s Government.

The association also reveals that a survey found two-thirds of doctors had no input in the plans and a third had not even heard of them.

After closure of palliative care wards, palliative patients will be placed into social care where thousands of people are seeing services withdrawn and 15 minute visits have become the norm as councils struggle to make ends meet. This also then places more pressure on GPs’ surgeries to take up the slack.

Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association, said that unmanageable pressures are now facing the NHS all year round, winter or not, and this has been made worse by cuts to social care provision. This is a similarly depressing story in most regions as Tory austerity continues to batter services, morale and patient safety.

Ernie Mackenzie

Gammons Lane