MP claims cuts are hitting A&E

Gordon Marsden, Blackpool South MP
Gordon Marsden, Blackpool South MP
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Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden fears Government spending cuts will have an adverse impact on accident and emergency services in the town.

He was speaking as new figures revealed a nine-year high in A&E waiting times.

As reported in yesterday’s Gazette, Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s A&E department was one of those which met government targets thanks to measures including the provision of an Urgent Care Centre for the less serious cases.

While nationally 5.9 per cent of patients waited four hours or longer, in Blackpool it was under five per cent.

But Mr Marsden today warned: “We need to monitor this position, for which this Government’s cuts and actions are primarily responsible, very closely in Blackpool over the next couple of months to try and stop deterioration as we move into the winter period.

“I’ll be raising this in meetings with health chiefs in the town in the next few weeks.”

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