5th November 2013
Copeland MP and Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed has reacted to news of the reduced hours for local Minor Injury Units. He said:
“As winter starts to bite, with A&E full to bursting and with Minor Injury Units across our having to close early due to a lack of staff, the Government’s plans to cut £60 million from health care in Cumbria is abhorrent.
“The Keogh Review and various CQC reports have shown that a lack of staffing is the main reason behind poor care in our area and with MIUs being forced to close because their staff have to be deployed elsewhere is a damning indictment of what is happening to the NHS under this government. Pulling billions of pounds from the front line to fund a chaotic reorganisation has plunged our NHS into crisis and it is patients that are paying the price.
“Thankfully, these changes are only temporary, but if the Government’s planned £60 million cuts go ahead, the situation will only get worse. Cumbria needs more resources to allow trusts to bring in more staff and to improve care; cuts will have a devastating impact on health care provision in our county and this instance is just the tip of the iceberg.”