Tuesday 15 May 2018 / 11:35 AM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

1,000 fewer family doctors than in 2015 – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the news that the NHS has lost 1,000 GPs since Hunt set his workforce target, said:

“This is yet another broken promise on NHS staffing from Ministers.

“It’s an embarrassing failure for the Secretary of State that far from delivering the extra GPs Primary Care desperately need, there are now 1,000 fewer family doctors than in 2015.

“The truth is that the Tories have failed to bring forward a sustainable long term plan for the NHS. The consequence is the biggest financial squeeze in its 70 year history and a failure to recruit the frontline doctors and nurses we need to care for patients.

“As we approach the 70th anniversary of the NHS it’s clearer than ever that only Labour will give the NHS the funding it needs.”