Barbara fears that care of patients from Salford may suffer due to the growing shortfalls in hospital finances under the Conservative-led Government.
Figures obtained by Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Liz Kendall MP, show that 9 of the 28 hospital trusts in the North West are now in budget deficit. Following the Government’s costly NHS reorganisation, hospital trusts in the region have total deficits of £64 million.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, which serves many patients from Salford, now has a deficit of almost £6 million.
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also has a deficit of over £3 million and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has a deficit of £0.5 million.
“The Conservative-led Government is losing its grip on NHS finances. In 2010 no hospital trusts in the North West were in deficit but now nine trusts have shortfalls in their budgets.
“I am very concerned that Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, which serves my constituents, has a deficit of almost £6 million. The Royal Bolton has already been forced to cut a ward with 28 beds in order to make savings, despite a five per cent rise in Emergency admissions last year.
“David Cameron has broken his promise to protect the NHS. His unnecessary re-organisation has caused chaos in parts of the NHS and is now putting patient care at risk.”