UKIP’s plea for help on health crisis

UKIP candidate David Parsons calls for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to step in over the county's health crisis. SG031214-121TW
UKIP candidate David Parsons calls for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to step in over the county's health crisis. SG031214-121TW
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South Holland and The Deepings UKIP parliamentary candidate David Parsons has asked Government health secretary Jeremy Hunt to step in to solve the crisis hitting county accident and emergency (A&E) departments.

Mr Parsons wants the health secretary to “urgently investigate” the situation in Lincolnshire hospitals following the reported black alert being declared by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust last week.

His step follows reports of patients presenting at A&E departments at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital being “turned away and sent to Grimsby due to lack of capacity”.

Mr Parsons tells Mr Hunt: “You are no doubt on the case but I would ask you to urgently investigate the situation in Lincolnshire with a view to alleviating what looks like a pretty dire situation in A&E at the moment.”

He says it appears the small amount of money given by the Government to alleviate winter pressures in the NHS is inadequate.