MP blasts health cut

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PATIENTS can expect their care to “go backwards” because of NHS funding shortfalls, claims an MP.

Easington MP Grahame Morris claimed health services were already showing signs of strain, with inflation and “double-counting” social care funding set to see a £1.2billion shortfall next year.

He said: “Cuts to health funding are not what people expected when David Cameron promised to protect the NHS. This shortfall in funding could add pressure on our local health service.

“I am anxious about what this real-terms cut will mean for our area, and have written to the chief executive of County Durham and Darlington NHS asking for urgent answers on the impact this could have on our local NHS, including patient care and frontline jobs.”