Tuesday, August 21, 2007

UPDATE: NOW IT'S 12...Cameron battered in first eight rounds of bare-knuckle fight...

Blundering David Cameron only started his 'bare-knuckle' fight over the NHS yesterday. But he already has two black eyes and a bloody nose - all self-inflicted.

ROUND ONE: Cameron admitted Altringham Hospital is not under threat as he claimed yesterday. UPDATE: Cameron campaigns to save non-existent maternity unit! How Cheshire newspaper reports Cameron's latest gaffe.

ROUND TWO: As posted earlier today a Tory MP has apologised to his local hospital staff admitting King's Lynn Hospital is not under threat either.

ROUND THREE: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust say neither the A&E department nor the maternity unit at City Hospital, Birmingham, one of those listed by Mr Cameron, was under threat of closure.

ROUND FOUR: Horton General Hospital say David Cameron was wrong to say their A&E department was under threat, was seeking a correction from the Tories.

ROUND FIVE: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, say: 'We totally refute any suggestion that Huddersfield Royal Infirmary has been downgraded or is under threat of closure.'

ROUND SIX: George Elliot Hospital, Nuneaton says a review has concluded that there should be no changes to either A&E or maternity.

ROUND SEVEN: North Bristol NHS Trust say the Tory claim that Frenchay Hospital A&E service faces the axe was 'simply not the case'.

ROUND EIGHT: South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, say the A&E and maternity departments at Warwick Hospital were not under threat, adding that such stories were destabilising for staff and patients.

Is Cock-Up Cameron out for the count...?

UPDATE: Top story on Channel 4 News: 12 hospitals say Cameron has got his facts wrong - one of them is the Huddersfield hospital Cameron visited today to launch his 'bare-knuckle' fight! C4 reports one Conservative front bencher saying 'Conservatives have got their facts wrong.'

But Tory health spokesperson Andrew Lansley sticks to his guns: He says: 'We can see a pattern emerging...!'

Indeed we can Mr Lansley. Indeed we can.

1 comment:

banbury resident said...

ROUND FOUR: Horton General Hospital say David Cameron was wrong to say their A&E department was under threat, was seeking a correction from the Tories.

I believe the list is 29 hospitals where either A&E services OR Maternity services are under threat.

At the Horton Hospital Maternity services are indeed under threat, along with Paedeatrics, Obstetrics and Gynae. The proposals are a matter of public record and are documented on the trusts website.