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The West Midlands Express and Star and Shropshire Star

‘Our NHS Crisis’


In January, the West Midlands Express and Star and the Shropshire Star launched an investigation into how the NHS crisis was affecting their local communities. Reporters across both titles worked together to produce dedicated editorials and interviewing paramedics, an ambulance call handler, and doctors in the region, with one telling the papers that working in her hospital was “like a war zone”.

Editor-in-chief of MNA titles, Martin Wright, said: “We have first-hand accounts from those on the front line in the NHS – and it does make for shocking reading. Our eight pages of in-depth analysis look at the pinch points faced by patients, and we also consider the possible solutions to the UK’s health crisis.”

The coverage was raised in Parliament, with Lucy Allen, Telford MP, highlighting the impact of their investigation during a cross-party Select Committee meeting for Health and Social Care.

“The investigation is an incredible eye-opener for anyone wondering what our nurses, doctors and ambulance teams are having to deal with every day.”

Martin Wright, editor-in-chief, MNA titles