Morecambe MP calls for rival to quit over hospitals crisis

Andy Burnham MP.
Andy Burnham MP.

Morecambe MP David Morris has called on the shadow health secretary to resign as 11 UK hospitals were put into special measures.

Mr Morris, a member of the Commons health committee, blamed Andy Burnham and others from the previous Labour Government for failings in the NHS.

Jeremy Hunt, health secretary, revealed on Tuesday that of 14 hospitals investigated by the Keogh report, 11 had problems so entrenched that tough action was needed.

They did not include the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which has itself been under fire in recent years.

Mr Morris called for Mr Burnham to resign during Tuesday’s Commons debate.

In an altercation after leaving the chamber, Labour MP Jamie Reed reportedly told Mr Morris to “f*** off.”

Earlier, Mr Morris told the Sunday Telegraph: “Andy Burnham and his predecessors missed far too many warnings about high hospital death rates.

“He should take a long hard look at this record and ask himself whether he is really fit for the role of shadow health secretary.”

In an interview on Sky, Burnham, who was health secretary from 2009 to 2010, said: “To be honest, I’m fed up of these general accusations being hurled in my direction.

“I will account for all of the things that I did as secretary of state. I took actions to reveal what happened at Stafford, I took actions at Basildon, at Thameside. I left warnings in place on five hospitals.”