Tory leader to visit region's hospitals

CONSERVATIVE leader David Cameron is to get a first-hand view of East Anglia's cash strapped health service when he visits some of the region's busiest hospitals.

CONSERVATIVE leader David Cameron is to get a first-hand view of East Anglia's cash strapped health service when he visits some of the region's busiest hospitals.

The opposition leader will go to Colchester General, Ipswich, West Suffolk and Hinchingbrooke as part of a two-day tour of the east of England which starts tomorrow.

He is expected to meet hospital managers, doctors, nurses and patients to try to find out why NHS finances are in such disarray.

He is expected to be briefed on the problems facing the Suffolk hospitals by Suffolk Coastal MP John Gummer and South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo.


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Mr Cameron is also expected to give some details of how the Conservatives would try to ease the funding pressures on hospitals like Ipswich.

A Tory Party spokesman said: “David Cameron will be visiting Colchester Hospital on Thursday morning, which has just had a multi-million pound PFI projected abandoned.

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“He will also be touring three hospitals hit by crippling deficits - Ipswich, West Suffolk in Bury St Edmunds, and Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon - to meet managers to see how they are trying to overcome the severe financial problems, and staff who are at the sharp end of patient care to see how they have been affected.”

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