The South Thanet MP blasts Rosie Duffield MP for seeking to “damage and discredit” hardworking NHS staff at QEQM’s Neonatal Unit
Craig Mackinlay MP has publicly denounced a fellow Kent MP for falsely claiming that traces of MRSA were found on the skin of six babies at the QEQM Hospital in Margate.
Labour’s Rosie Duffield MP, who represents Canterbury and Whitstable, went on to demand that the Neonatal Unit at QEQM should be deep cleaned as a result.
In a withering rebuff to Ms Duffield after local media published her comments, Neonatal Ward Manager, Anne Savage, lambasted the Labour MP, who was elected to Parliament just last year, for damaging the reputation and morale of her staff, and worrying parents needlessly.
Ms Savage went on: “It is outrageous to make unsubstantiated claims such as this, presumably aimed at enhancing political opportunity”.
Craig is supporting calls from the Neonatal Unit’s staff for the Labour MP to issue a full public apology.
Craig Mackinlay MP said of Ms Duffield’s claims:
“These claims about our local Baby Unit from the elected Member for Canterbury and Whitstable are as disappointing as they are false.
“Ms Duffield has not been an MP for very long, but she needs to realise that making wild accusations, without foundation, that damage and discredit our hardworking local NHS staff is unacceptable and irresponsible, but sadly follows the ongoing pattern by Labour of trying to weaponise the NHS for political purposes.
“Being a relatively new and inexperienced MP is no defence.
“I have written to reassure the ward manager at our Special Baby Unit that I have full confidence in the excellent service they provide to patients in Thanet and I remain on hand to assist the department in any way I can.
“In the meantime, I would suggest that, rather than blaming her office staff for defaming our nurses and midwives, Ms Duffield should take responsibility for her behaviour and issue a full and public apology to everyone at the Neonatal Unit.”