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Matt highlights RBH waiting list fears

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Labour Party Reading East Parliamentary Canidate Matt Rodda highlights problems at the Royal Berkshire Hospital as NHS spending fails to keep pace with demand.

Fresh concerns have been raised about growing waiting lists at the RBH, which have left dedicated staff struggling as funding fails to keep pace with an aging population.

The health watchdog Monitor announced it is investigating waiting times at the hospital together with the financial health of the RBH. The investigation follows a recent A&E crisis at the Royal Berks and fears that a doctors’ surgery in Southcote could close.

The problems in Southcote echoed the earlier crisis at Priory Avenue Surgery in Caversham, when the surgery was threatened with privatisation in 2013 after several doctors left due to retirement and increased workload.

Labour had pledged to ease the pressure in areas like Reading by investing in 20,000 extra nurses and 8,000 additional doctors across the country.

Matt Rodda, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Reading East, said: “We must protect our local NHS. Patients expect services at the RBH to be there for them when they are in need.

 “The investigation shows yet again that the Conservative and Lib Dem Government is not providing adequate funding for the health service. It seems more interested in pressing ahead with tax cuts for those earning over £150,000 rather than addressing the crisis in the NHS.

“I believe staff need time to care. The Government needs to listen to patients and medical staff who have deep concerns about the future of the NHS.”

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