North Thanet`s MP, Roger Gale, is today describes as "furious" over proposals to close wards in the QEQM hospital and other hospitals in East Kent.
Speaking in his constituency the MP said of the proposals:
"We have faced many years of pain and anguish and taken great criticism over the re-organisation of hospital healthcare in East Kent. We have seen that programme through and now, at the very moment when the programme is reaching a conclusion and when we should be reaping the benefits in terms of patient care, the East Kent Hospitals Trust is facing funding cuts that threaten to destabilise the service.
On top of £15 million of "savings" already in the pipeline Government policy is placing the burden of a further £20 million of cuts upon the Trust.
This process is demoralising for medical and nursing staff, for ancillary staff and for managers alike - particularly when the prospect not only of ward closures but of staff cuts is on the agenda.
This Government never tires of telling us how much more taxpayers money it is spending on the health service. If that is so then with shortages of doctors and dentists, patients still having operations cancelled, staff being laid off, wards closing and budgets across the country overspent I believe that we are entitled to ask "where the hell has the money gone"?.
The responsibility for this situation lies directly with three people: the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Secretary of State for Health, the "nation's nanny", Patricia Hewitt.
My constituents will suffer as a result of this administration's inability to stop meddling with reorganisations and it's determination to mend things that are not broken - often at great expense. Am I furious? On behalf of those that I was elected to represent, yes.I am."