Tracy Brabin MP says the Government’s failure to address the acute workforce shortage in the NHS is causing more misery for communities such as Batley and Spen.

Ms Brabin’s comments come after it emerged that the Ambulatory Care Unit at Dewsbury Hospital is to closed until at least January due to the recruitment crisis.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “It’s deeply concerning to discover that, after one of the most devastating winters on record for our NHS, this complacent Tory Government have failed to learn the lessons and are failing to recruit the doctors we so desperately need.

“This failure will have a direct impact on the people of Batley and Spen, those who have already suffered enough due to downgrades, staff shortages and intermittent closures over the last few years.

“The closure will mean that patients from Batley and Spen are facing a lengthy trip to Pinderfields and it could also pile further pressure on the already struggling hospital.

“I am also very concerned that the horrifying scenes we witnessed last year with patients sleeping on floors in hospital corridors and some of the longest waiting times on record are to be repeated again this winter.

“We are now in a situation where we have an acute workforce shortage across our NHS with 100,000 staff vacancies, including 40,000 nurses and 11,000 doctors.

 “But sadly, with a Government which has scrapped nursing bursaries, gone to war with junior doctors and rejected thousands of visas for overseas doctors as part of its ‘hostile environment’ immigration policies, it’s hardly surprising.

“The Tories are completely failing to address this recruitment crisis and it is people in communities like Batley and Spen who are suffering as a result.”

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