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MP welcomes winter support for accident and emergency

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:

MP Julian Smith

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.

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