Julian Smith, Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon, has welcomed the Government’s commitment to tackling the pressures of winter in accident and emergency departments.
£500m nationally is being allocated over the next two years to help with the demands of the busiest season for emergency care.
Almost £1.5m of the money will be invested at Airedale Hospital and, speaking in the House of Commons during a debate on the announcement, Julian said:
I welcome the £1.5 million for Airedale hospital in Yorkshire and urge the Secretary of State to keep a watchful eye on those hospitals serving some of the most rural parts of our country, such as the Yorkshire Dales, which I represent.
In response to the question, the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt said:
Absolutely. I have visited Airedale Hospital, which I think is excellent. It is one of the few hospitals in the country where the A and E department has access to GP records, which means it can give patients a much better service.
It also has fantastically innovative ways of looking after the frail elderly in the community. I think that some of the smaller rural hospitals are blazing a trail when it comes to the changes we need to make elsewhere.