Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting ECHONEWS to 80360, or email us »
War of words over hospital’s finances
12:00pm Monday 23rd June 2014 in News
A WAR of words has broken out between two sparring MPs, over Basildon Hospital’s financial woes.
Last month, the Echo revealed the Trust was working with a deficit of £9million.
Mike Le-Surf, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Tory Stephen Metcalfe’s South Basildon and East Thurrock seat, suggested the woes were due to the Goverment’s reorganisation of the NHS.
Mr Le-Surf said: “Patient care is going backwards as more people are forced to wait longer in A&E, cancelled operations are at their highest for a decade, and waits for vital cancer tests and treatments are increasing too.”
But Mr Metcalfe hit back, accusing Labour of scaremongering.
He said: “I appreciate that £4.66m is a substantial sum, but this must be understood within the context of the improving standards and planned investments designed to ensure patients are receiving the best possible treatment.”
Comments are closed on this article.