Funding snub ‘beggars belief’

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright says it “beggars belief” that no hospital trusts in the North-East are to receive Government funding to cope with the pressure of winter.

The Department for Health announced £250m of extra money for the NHS to help hospitals plan for the winter.

But no hospital trusts in the North-East have been awarded any cash, which has lead to criticism.

Town MP Mr Wright will demand answers from the Government and has submitted a question due to be heard in the House of Commons later this week.

He said: “The notion that no hospitals in the North-East will get additional money to cope with any pressures just beggars belief.

“In this area we have an older population that is becoming increasingly frail and we have also got a major industry infrastructure.

“I think the only conclusion is this is politically motivated.

“I genuinely think people will be surprised that throughout the whole country the only region that doesn’t get anything is the North-East.”

The Government says emergency admissions have risen 32 per cent in the last 10 years.