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you hypocrite,cam; Ex-PM who sparked staff crisis whinges over local hospital cuts.

Byline: DAN BLOOM Political reporter

BY DAN BLOOM Political reporter DAVID Cameron has been branded an utter hypocrite for complaining his local hospital has been downgraded in the NHS staffing crisis.

The ex-PM spoke out as Horton Hospital in Banbury, Oxon, sus-pended high-risk births due to a shortage of obstetric doctors.

It follows the worst NHS deficit in a generation and soaring agency costs to plug staff gaps under Mr Cameron's premiership. But rather than accepting blame the ex-PM, who is MP for nearby Witney, said: "Local mums want to have their babies in their local hospital.

"The importance of this service to local people is very clear to see."

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: "It is utterly hypocritical to say these things now. It beggars belief he can have overseen a staffing crisis in the NHS and then utter words like this with a straight face."

Shadow Health Secretary Diane Abbott called Cameron's "welcome fight" for patients "too little too late". Lib Dem Greg Mulholland said it was like "Cruella de Vil complaining there aren't enough Dalmatians left on the street".

The hospital's decision will force 80 expectant mums a month to travel to Oxford, Warwick or Northampton, up to 30 miles away.

Mr Cameron's office could not be reached for comment.

dan.bloom@mirror.co.uk

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