Our health services in Shropshire are hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. With our two local hospitals being criticized by inspectors, A&E services ranked 130 out of 131 in the country and maternity services under investigation it’s fair to say that there is a crisis.
Local health bosses have put forward a programme, Future Fit. The Labour Party believes that it will make the situation even worse.
Future Fit is not a programme to improve our services but one designed to cut costs and the deficit our hospitals currently have.The plan to axe the Princess Royal’s A&E will involve less A&E provision in the county, which will have a negative affect on all those who currently use Shrewsbury hospital. Starving community health services of funding is also adding pressure to our A&E services.We believe we should keep our 2 local A&Es and ensure that there is sufficient funding for other health services in the county.
The Labour Party, unlike our Conservative MP, Daniel Kawczynski, is against Future Fit and its manifesto proposes to put further money into the NHS.