margot parker, NHS, Nottingham
In The Media & Newsletter » Margot Parker MEP I watched with admiration the recent documentary 'Hospital', which centred on the Nottingham University Hospital
To The Editor,
I watched with admiration the recent documentary 'Hospital', which centred on the Nottingham University Hospital.
The hospital's busy cancer head and neck service was under the spotlight and looked at the problems faced by the NHS surgeons, doctors and nurses.
I have nothing but complete admiration for their extraordinary work and dedication. It was humbling to see how they coped under pressure and the exemplary care they gave to patients.
Anyone doubting the importance of our hard-pressed National Health Service should really take a look at this programme.
One surgeon, so overwhelmed by the shortage of surgeons and financial strains on the service, said, 'the job I want to do, I can't do in the NHS because of the pressure we are under all the time. There's just nowhere to take a breath.'
We must do more to protect and improve the NHS so the wonderful care and treatment it offers can be continued in such a way that doesn't put intolerable pressures on its staff.
We must fund more nurses, surgeons and GPs and invest more into services - the NHS is a national institution and the work and dedication shown in Nottingham - and indeed, across the country - must be allowed to flourish without the severe pressures the wonderful NHS staff find themselves under.
I would urge your readers to follow the hospital on Twitter @nottmhospitals
Margot Parker, MEP for Nottingham
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