By George McManus, Friends of Beverley Hospital
East Yorkshire health campaigners welcomed a damning report being released this week with a heavy heart, but with a sense of depressing inevitability. The report has been written by health chief Sir Bruce Keogh. The report will highlight excessive waiting times being endured by NHS patients, an approaching crisis in A&E, and a massive shortage of nurses. Sir Bruce highlights the fact that 25% of NHS walk in centres have been closed and that as many as 50% of A&E patients don't need to be there. Speaking today George McManus said, 'Sadly this report verifies the anecdotal evidence we have seen locally. Closure of walk in centres and under performing units like Beverley Community Hospital will lead to increased pressure on Castle Hill and Hull Royal. We've lost 6500 nurses in the last 3 years and the RCN believe we are 20,000 nurses short. Urgent action is needed now and we welcome the report for bringing this to the Government's attention.'