AN MP has raised the issue of Bradford's Marie Curie Hospice being forced to pause admissions in Westminster today.

On Thursday, the Telegraph & Argus discovered this was due to the hospice experiencing a staffing shortage.

Judith Cummins (Bradford South) labelled it a "completely unacceptable situation" to the Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees Mogg.

She said: “I don’t want to see families not being able to access services provided by this important end of life charity.

"Unfortunately, the crisis in health and care staffing is a much wider problem, that's why I raised this serious issue in parliament.

“The Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford has announced its pausing admissions on a temporary basis due to staff shortages.

"So does the Leader of the House agree with me that this is a completely unacceptable situation and can we have a statement on the crisis of staffing in the health and care sectors?”

In response, Mr Rees-Mogg listed the number of doctors and nurses that were in training.

Ms Cummins replied: “I think that it is insensitive to those who are unable to access the end of life care they need now to say wait for improvements to happen.

"As ever with this government the rhetoric about their supposed success does not match reality. This government has had over a decade to improve the system.

"The government must act now to ensure that staff shortages don’t continue to cause these heart breaking incidents.”