Cut service strands nurses
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• The timetable for a new bus service is causing problems for a hospital in the remote town of Alston, Cumberland.
The service is proposed as an alternative to the Hattwhistle, Northumberland, to Alston railway, which BR plans to close down. Some of the 20 nursing staff at Alston Cottage Hospital five 15 miles away at Haltwhistle and may have long waits for a bus home.
The East Cumberland Hospital Management Committee is to write to the Transport Users' Consultative Committee in Manchester, about the matter.
"Staffing rural hospitals is always a problem, and the cutting of public services is making it worse," said Mr A. Daltry the hospital's committee secretary.