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Bishop Auckland switched from Labour to Tory and now its stroke unit is closing

What did the people of Bishop Auckland expect?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told everybody what would happen if the Conservatives were returned to government.

He said Tory privatisation of the NHS would continue and people in places like Bishop Auckland would be deprived of key services.

And now the people of Bishop Auckland are losing their stroke unit.

Bizarrely, the constituency’s new Conservative MP is campaigning for the unit to stay open. Seems a little two-faced to This Writer.

I have no idea which way Lisa Stoker voted but I certainly hope the Tories have only made fools of her neighbours, and not of her.

If not – and if anybody thinks my comment is harsh – just think of the harm that people across the UK are going to suffer over the next five years, because of people who thought voting Tory was a good idea.

They’re all going to find out it isn’t – the hard way.

A woman who has had repeated strokes has criticised the proposed closure of her local rehabilitation unit.

Hospital managers said centralising stroke services at the University Hospital of North Durham would improve treatment and reduce hospital stays.

But Lisa Stoker, 47, from West Auckland, said she would not feel safe if the rehabilitation unit at Bishop Auckland Hospital closed.

“It would be scary to think there was no support there,” she said.

“That would be the worst thing you could ever do,” her husband Richard said.

Source: Bishop Auckland stroke unit closure plan prompts patient fear – BBC News

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