Polly joins chorus of concerns over Basildon Hospital

OFFICIAL figures show NHS finances have deteriorated worst in the East of England and London.

Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a deficit of £4.66 million.

This is the first time BTUH has run a deficit since the general election 2010 suggesting that this is a direct result of the unwanted Tory cuts and their controversial top down reorganisation of the NHS claims Labour.

Polly Billington,Labour’s candidate to be Thurrock’s next MP said:

“Basildon Hospital has been struggling for sometime, trying to turn itself around while being distracted with a costly and unwanted reorganisation of the NHS. And this is the result. Just as Basildon hospital seems to be turning a corner, with its most recent inspection taking it out of special measures, it is very worrying that its finances are like this.

David Cameron and Jackie Doyle Price promised that they would protect the NHS. Instead, their disastrous reorganisation has thrown the NHS into chaos and put patient safety in Thurrock at risk. Cancelled operations are at their highest for a decade, A & E departments are in crisis and waits for vital cancer tests and treatments are increasing too.

“Forcing through a £3 billion back-room reorganisation when the NHS faces the biggest financial challenge of its life was David Cameron’s single biggest mistake on the NHS, supported at every stage by Jackie Doyle Price and it is Thurrock residents and Hospital staff who are suffering as a result.”

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