I have taken a special interest in the plight of the NHS since the junior doctors’ strike.
Since then I have attended a few of the Shropshire CCG meetings and walked in the demonstrations from Wellington to the PRH about the closure of Telford’s A&E, as well as the protest in Ludlow about the closure of the maternity unit.
All of these events have been well-attended by passionate and often well-informed people. During the CCG meetings I wanted to ask which committee member was responsible for confronting the government with the simple fact that there is not enough money allocated to help people at risk’s safety. It isn’t the fault of the NHS that it can’t find doctors or nurses that will work under stressful and underpaid conditions. The Government’s line is that we will have better community care, yet it doesn’t want to fund A&Es in both Telford and Shrewsbury and recently we have had a local surgery close because it is impossible to find a doctor willing to work in a remote area for as little as NHS doctors make.
It seems to me that Mr Kawczynski needs to direct his anger to the Minister of Health and his own party for choosing to underfund the undermine the NHS, risking lives across the entire UK in favour of a Trident upgrade risking lives of people across the entire world.
We need both A&Es and both the Telford, Wrekin CCG and Shropshire’s CCG need to throw the Government’s destructive health policy back to Jeremy Hunt and the other politicians responsible for it.
Steve Wilson, Clun
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