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Consultants apologise in letter to newspaper

The Bury Times received a signed letter from thirteen consultants at Bury Health Care NHS Trust apologising to their patients.

The team of hospital doctors used the paper to convey their message: “It is with deepest regret that we feel compelled to communicate out sense of failure in serving the population of Bury.”

The letter went on to explain that because of persistent underfunding of the Trust by £10,000 a year for the last ten years Bury General and Fairfield Hospital have one of the lowest numbers of doctors and staff in the country.

The doctors also accused local councillors of having done little to help the situation of the Greater Manchester based Trust.

In the letter they said: “The seriousness of what we written demonstrates how poor morale is in that we fell obliged to break our professional silence.

“We feel genuinely feel that if we were to be appropriately funded, we could not only continue to provide a highly-efficient service, but could also develop an outstanding one which the local population could be truly proud of.”

In response the Bury Health Care NHS Trust director of planning Pamela McKee said: “Consultants who work hard in the interests of patients are obvioulsy feeling a sense of frustration about the need for more investment and this is understandable.

“A significant amount of additional funding has been invested in the Trust in recent years.

“Staff are looking forward to working in an improved patient environment.”

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