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Hull MP highlights city's NHS difficulties in Parliament

The MP for Hull North, Diana Johnson, has spoken in Parliament raising issues around the city's NHS.

Diana Johnson MP Credit: Press Association

Ms Johnson criticised patient waiting times, particularly in areas relating to autism diagnosis in children, but also read constituents' letters outlining care received at the city's hospitals.

She said constituents reported receiving good care but that staff appeared to be "overstretched".

The clinical commissioning group in Hull tells me that the standard for this diagnosis is supposed to be 20 weeks, but two constituents have come to me in the past few months saying that they have been told it will take more than 12 months for a child to be diagnosed. That is unacceptable.

Almost 4,000 patients in East Yorkshire are now forced to wait more than 18 weeks to see a hospital consultant. The areas in which they have to wait are orthopaedics, neurology and colorectal and thoracic medicine. It is a concern that ill people have to wait to be seen.

Finally, I have had complaints about A and E and the acute assessment unit at Hull Royal infirmary. The complaints are often about waiting times to be seen by doctors. Many people say that they think the staff are doing a good job, but are overstretched.

– Diana Johnson MP
Hull MP calls for support for city's NHS services Credit: Press Association

Last winter, A and Es around the country received extra money to cope with the winter pressures: some £250 million was made available. Hull did not get any of that money, but the CQC report to which I have referred made it quite clear that the inspectors felt that A and E needed extra assistance and support. I say again, as I have on many occasions, that Hull often seems to miss out on moneys that are very much needed in a city that has considerable health inequalities.

– Diana Johnson MP

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