Local MP Yvette Cooper and local staff at Castleford Hospital marked the 65th anniversary of the NHS with a tribute to the thousands of staff who have nurtured the health of the nation over the years.
Yvette Cooper MP said:
“The work done by the community mental health workers I met in Castleford is vital for families and elderly people across our area - and it shows the wide range of essential support provided by our National Health Service in its 65th year,
The NHS is one of this country’s proudest achievements and something people round here are fiercely protective of.
So the 65th anniversary of the National Health Service is a great time to say a huge thank you to the nurses, doctors, hospital porters, kitchen staff, cleaners and many more who work so hard to look after people when they need it.
And yet I’m worried about the future of the NHS. Round here £30m has been cut from the budget and 200 bed cuts are promised. Across the country waiting lists are on the rise and there’s crisis in Accident & Emergency. So whilst we celebrate the 65 year history of the NHS we have to keep supporting it for the future."