South Dorset MP calls for more NHS funding for local hospitals

South Dorset MP calls for more NHS funding for local hospitals

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:27am 3rd February 2020.

South Dorset's MP has told the Health Secretary of the urgent need for more funding for Dorset's hospitals.

Richard Drax raised the issue during an NHS funding debate.

Mr Drax said:

"Community hospitals are so important, certainly to rural constituencies. 

"I know they are important everywhere, but they are particularly important to us.

"We struggled to keep Swanage open, but we have won that battle. 

Portland Community Hospital meeting
Portland Community Hospital meeting

"Sadly, we have lost the beds on Portland, and all the facilities have gone to the hospital in Weymouth."

This was due to the lack trained staff and Mr Drax explained that this was an example of why more nurses were needed.

Photo of Dorset County Hospital

'A plea for Dorset County Hospital' 

The MP also made a plea for funds for Dorset County Hospital's proposed new A&E.

He said that £62 million was needed to refurbish and expand A&E as the premises were no longer able to cope with demand. 

Mr Drax ended by asking the minister for another £3-£5 million to counter the huge surge in demand that was placing the budget under pressure.