MP: I owe my life to the NHS

MP Mary Creagh
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AN MP has spoken of how she owes her life to the NHS after suffering an ectopic pregnancy.

Mary Creagh, who represents Wakefield for Labour, was giving her thanks to the junior doctor who wheeled her into theatre in 2001.

She revealed the incident during the emergency during a debate on junior doctors in the House of Commons. As protests continue across the country over new junior doctor contracts and the potential loss of pay, Mrs Creagh was one of a host of MPs who paid tribute to medical staff.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that no doctor will be paid less with the new contract, which involves the recategorisation of unsociable hours.

Mrs Creagh, who now has two children, said: “I have three puncture marks on my left hand. They come from 2001 when I was admitted to accident and emergency suffering a life-threatening event, an ectopic pregnancy. It took four attempts before a junior doctor successfully inserted a line into my hand.

He apologised to me and said, ‘I’m sorry, I’ve just worked for 24 hours without a break and I just can’t see straight’.

“I am grateful to that doctor, both for his compassion and for his honesty, and I will always be grateful to the junior doctor who wheeled me up to theatre at midnight and operated on me, saving my life.

“Such overwork is what led the Labour government to change the junior doctors’ contract. Under that contract, employers face financial penalties if junior doctors work longer than contracted.”

She said the contract changes could also impact on Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages Wakefield’s local hospital, being able to fill in vacancies in A&E, obstetrics, paediatrics and medicine.

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