Brain surgery MP on road to recovery

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SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield is making a ‘good recovery’ after surgery to remove a benign brain tumour.

The Labour politician was diagnosed four weeks ago and operated on at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

He said: “Thanks to the NHS I am now making a good recovery. I would like to pay tribute to the extraordinary surgical and nursing teams at the Hallamshire who were fantastic. I plan to return to Parliament after the conference recess in October.”

Mr Blomfield, aged 57, said he was “disappointed” not to have been able to vote against the NHS Bill last night.

He said: “Thanks to investment in the NHS by the Labour Government the standard of healthcare that is provided to patients has never been better. But the Government is risking this by opening up the NHS as a full competitive market and encouraging private companies to take over health services.”

His benign brain tumour was discovered after a routine examination by doctors.

Mr Blomfield’s spokesman said he has not yet decided whether to attend the Labour Party conference, being held in Liverpool from Sunday, September 25 to Thursday, September 29.