Wednesday 15 January 2020 / 12:03 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Ashworth responds to Hancock’s suggestion that A&E target might be scrapped

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Matt Hancock (on five live) suggesting that A&E target might be scrapped, said:

“Changing the A&E target won’t magic away the problems in our overcrowded hospitals, with patients left on trolleys in corridors for hours and hours.

“Any review of targets must be transparent and based on watertight clinical evidence, otherwise patients will think Matt Hancock is trying to move the goalposts to avoid scrutiny of the government’s record.

“After years of austerity under the Tories, the government’s first priority must be to give the NHS the funding and staff it needs to end the waiting time crisis.”