Thursday 12 September 2019 / 11:49 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Ashworth responds to latest NHS performance statistics

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the latest NHS performance statistics, said:

“Month after month standards of care deteriorate and waiting time targets are missed. Years of austerity, cuts, staffing shortages and ministerial mismanagement mean patients are being failed in record levels.

“It’s totally unacceptable that so many people are left languishing on trolleys or waiting longer for vital cancer treatment.

“You can’t trust the Tories with our NHS and the truth is, as Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser admits, they simply don’t care about it.”


Notes to editors:

  • Figures published today by NHS England show that only 86.3 per cent of patients were seen within four hours in A&E, compared with 89.8 per cent in August 2018. This equates to 262,896 people waiting longer than four hours compared with 182,950 in August 2018. The Government hasn’t met the A&E target for over four years.
  • 56,499 people were left waiting for four hours or longer on trolleys, compared with 40,214 in August last year.
  • Five out of eight of the cancer waiting time targets were missed in July, including the two month wait from a GP urgent referral to a first treatment for cancer, with only 77.6 per cent of patients being treated within the time frame, against a target of 85 per cent. The government hasn’t met this target since December 2015.
  • According to NHS England, there could be as many as 4.5 million patients on the waiting list in England when estimates from non-reporting trusts are factored in.
  • Source for all data: NHS England, Combined Performance Summary, 12 September,