Batley and Spen’s MP, Tracy Brabin has today asked the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust for clarity after being contacted by a number of constituents regarding service at Dewsbury A&E over the festive period.

Constituents who contacted Tracy Brabin, the MP whose constituency Dewsbury Hospital is in, made a number of serious complaints including patient neglect, an 11 hour wait to see a doctor and spending nearly 20 hours in A&E before a bed was found, a situation described as ‘unbelievable’.

Questions were also raised as to whether, given continuing evidence that A&E departments are struggling to cope, the proposed downgrade of Dewsbury A&E should go ahead as planned.

Commenting Tracy Brabin MP said;

I understand the festive period is an incredibly busy time for A&E departments and what is very clear is phenomenal NHS staff are working flat-out in ever more difficult conditions. I’d like to thank staff members for their commitment.

“Our community needs to know that Dewsbury Hospital has sufficient resources to deal with demand, it seems clear that at times over the festive period they fell short of that mark, with one patient denied even a pillow because there were none spare and worryingly, patients faced a long wait to use the toilet because the only two commodes in the department were not getting emptied and cleaned fast enough to keep up with demand.

“Staffing shortages at the Trust are well known but we simply cannot accept a situation where patient safety is affected.

“I’ve asked the Chief Executive for information on pressures faced during the festive period, plans to improve service in coming weeks and, given the ongoing demand, whether Dewsbury A&E should be downgraded as planned.

“I’ll continue to work with campaigners and fellow politicians for better services in the current year.”

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