MP welcomes winter support for accident and emergency

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Julian Smith, Member of Parliament for and , has welcomed the Government’s commitment to tackling the pressures of winter in 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:

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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