Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has said that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, should be apologising to people of Cambridgeshire during her visit to Addenbrooke’s today. While any additional money to tackle cancer is always welcome, the Labour MP says that the Prime Minister herself bears personal responsibility for the problems that have dogged the hospital and local health services in recent months.
Mr Zeichner says: “Despite heroic efforts from staff, Addenbrooke’s has been in a near-crisis state for many months, with operations cancelled and very over-crowded emergency services. Theresa May was told by NHS England last year exactly what was needed, and she ignored their advice. The outcome of that was Cambridgeshire’s CCG announcing a £48 million deficit for the last financial year.”
“To add insult to injury, in the face of a recruitment crisis, key staff recruited from outside the EU were not allowed to come here to work in intensive care because of Mrs May’s cap on immigration. At the same time, the number of people unable to leave hospital has shot up because of the crisis in social care, caused by cuts to local councils made by Mrs May and her government. She is personally responsible for the hardship our hospital and patients are experiencing. She owes everyone in Cambridgeshire an apology.”