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NHS Waiting Lists

New data released today has shown the Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust has a staggering 55,000 people currently awaiting treatment, approximately 1 in 10 people that the Trust serves in total.

Simon Lightwood, Labour Member of Parliament for Wakefield, has called the new figures “appalling” and a “damning indictment on the current state of the NHS under this Tory government.”

Mr Lightwood cited the experiences of one of his constituents, who was told by the Trust that she would have to wait 63-65 weeks for an appointment with a Neurology Consultant, following a referral by her GP. Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust does not have a full-time neurology consultant and shares with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Simon Lightwood MP said,

“It is heartbreaking to hear that one of my constituents is having to wait well in excess of a year on an NHS waiting list.”

“The rise in waiting times has been caused by the successive failures by the Conservatives to provide the NHS with the staff it so desperately needs.”

“We need an NHS fit for the future with a fully-costed plan to reform health and care services and provide the NHS with the workforce it desperately needs.”

“Labour will boost NHS investment by ending the outdated non-dom tax status, raising over £3.2 billion a year to double medical school places, create 10,000 more nursing and midwifery placements and double the number of district nurses trained every year.”


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