The Conservatives are the only political party who have pledged to not only maintain, but to increase the NHS budget and we have done this for the past 7 years – despite the budget black hole Labour left behind.
Local hospitals are a vital part of our comprehensive plan for the NHS. That is why I protested so strongly against the cuts to Bridlington hospital when the last Labour Government scrapped the cardiac monitoring unit, acute medical wards and maternity services.
In contrast in 2012, following a £750,000 refurbishment, I reopened the main theatre at Bridlington Hospital. This investment was only possible because of the Conservative commitment to protect NHS spending – good intentions are not enough, to protect our health service we need a Government that knows how to manage the economy. Now patients can stay overnight following surgery and, for the first time, orthopedic surgery at Bridlington is taking place.
It is the type of health care that local people want, not ‘super’ hospitals miles and miles away but accessible healthcare in the community. My vision for the NHS also involves less bureaucrats and more doctors and nurses – delivered under the Conservatives, and making it possible for people to see GPs in the evening and on weekends – well underway already.
Following the announcement by East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group in March 2017 that it plans to close the Minor Injuries Units not only at Driffield Hospital but also at Hornsea and Withernsea, Greg has, together with Driffield Town Council, fought hard against these closure plans and has said that the fight to keep these local minor injury services open must go to the top. He has spoken to the Chair of East Riding Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee together with colleague Graham Stuart, urging the Committee to exercise its right to refer the proposed ‘reorganisation’ to the Health Secretary and the Independent Reconfiguration Panel which they now have done.