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MP secures Government’s promise to look into ‘daylight robbery’ of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

July 23, 2019 5:09 PM

Tim during health questionsOn the floor of the House of Commons this morning, local MP Tim Farron secured a promise from the Government to look into 'heartless' fines imposed on the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust.

Speaking during Health Questions this morning, Tim said: "The huge rural Morecambe Bay Trust area has and needs three hospitals but is only funded as if it had one.

"And as a result, the Trust has been fined over £4m in the past three years in debt interest.

"And that's money that could've been spent on nurses, paramedics or doctors.

"Will the minister intervene to stop this at once?"

In response, the health minister Stephen Hammond said: "I met the hon. Gentleman recently to talk about ambulance provision in his constituency and the Morecambe bay area, and I hope he is now satisfied with the progress we are making on that.

"I will look into the individual case he mentions and respond to him."