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Mann calls for independent inquiry into Thatcher's handling of miners' strike

John Mann MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Bassetlaw MPJohn Mann is demanding a full independent inquiry into Margaret Thatcher's handling of the miners' strike

The Labour MP is backing a parliamentary resolution which calls for an independent investigation following the revelation that Thatcher's Government had a secret hit list of 70 pits that it intended to close - a fact that the Cabinet at the time vigorously denied.

Mr Mann, who had his telephone tapped in 1984 whilst fundraising for the families of striking miners, has added his name to Early Day Motion 918, which currently has the signatures of 22 MPs.

Hospitals 'coming under increasing pressure'

The Chief Executive of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mike Pinkerton says the trust is providing more beds because of increasing admissions over the last few years.

There has been a noticeable rise in the number of seriously unwell patients who need hospital care.

– Mike Pinkerton, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The majority are frail older people, often with long-term conditions like heart or lung disease. This has had knock-on consequences nationally, with bed capacity close to 100% in many hospitals.

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£7million investment at Doncaster & Bassetlaw hospitals

The health trust that runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough is investing £7m in extra nursing and beds this year.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has pledged to increase capacity at its three hospitals by 80 beds between now and autumn because of increasing numbers of emergency patients. The Trust is also recruiting additional nurses across its hospitals.

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