130 operations cancelled since early January

Emily Darlington talks with Milton Keynes Hospitalchief executive Joe Harrison
Emily Darlington talks with Milton Keynes Hospitalchief executive Joe Harrison
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More than 130 planned operations have been cancelled at Milton Keynes Hospital in just five weeks, according to new NHS statistics.

The figures meant that each week the number of cancellations was higher than the national average, and in some cases it was more than twice the average.

Emily Darlington, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate in Milton Keynes North, said the figures underlined the case for the Citizen’s campaign for a new A&E - but said the problem went further, with the whole hospital needing an upgrade.

She said: “The NHS crisis is hitting MK hardest.

“The staff at our hospital are doing an incredible job under impossible circumstance. It is clear that we need a bigger hospital with more staff. That’s not a new revelation;it has been obvious to everyone in Milton Keynes and North Bucks for a long time. Our MPs have spent the last five years pursuing their Westminster careers, while our growing city’s public services have been short-changed.”