Gainsborough: MP has praised recent health statistics

Edward Leigh MP
Edward Leigh MP

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough, has saluted recently released Department for Health figures.

The figures showed an increase in the number of doctors and nurses serving Lincolnshire since the last general election.

Sir Edward Leigh said: “Our local NHS trust has hired 29 more doctors and 78 more nurses, including two extra midwives, since 2010. The statistics also show 11,500 more MRI scans and 20,047 more CT scans, while MRSA cases have been cut in half since 2010.”

“The health of people here in Lincolnshire is demonstrably improving since our reforms were introduced, and I was happy to see that £7.2m of the Government’s £700m winter funding for health went to our county. Jeremy Hunt knows that doctors and nurses are what we need, and these statistics show we’re delivering.”

However Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Gainsborough, David Prescott, does not agree. He said: “We’ve lost 130 beds at Lincoln County, the hospital Accident and Emergency was on black alert, community services across the county were suspended to deal with the crisis and one in four people are waiting more than a week to see a GP.”