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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Job Cuts at Shropshire Hospitals

Nurses and medical staff were protesting outside the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital yesterday over 300 job cuts at the hospital and its sister site, the Princess Royal in Telford.

This is the same Royal Shrewsbury Hospital that is giving Welsh women the breast cancer drug Herceptin for free and is charging £43k per course of treatment for English patients.

Shropshire's contribution to the subsidy of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is in the region of £100m per year but the only way anyone can come up with of plugging a £31m budget deficit is to cut jobs and services. I've got a suggestion - stop subsidising the rest of the UK so that they can have free presecriptions, free dental and eye care, expensive drugs, etc. and spend our own taxes on ourselves.