Friday 27 September 2019 / 10:36 AM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

Government announcement will in no way make up for years of cuts to NHS equipment budgets – Jonathan Ashworth

Commenting on the government’s cancer equipment announcement, Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“Matt Hancock is yet again following our lead with this announcement on the need for upgrades to cancer screening equipment, but the announcement will in no way make up for the years of multi billion pound cuts to NHS equipment budgets.

“With 34,000 patients waiting two months just to start treatment for cancer, a credible funding plan to tackle chronic shortages in the cancer workforce is more urgent than ever. Sadly ministers have failed to offer a workforce plan yet again.”

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Notes to Editors

  • You can’t trust the Tories with our NHS. The most recent figures also show that the number of people waiting longer than 62 days for cancer treatment following an urgent referral from their GP now stands at 34,208 up from 13,427 in 2009/10.

NHS England, Cancer Waiting Times, National Time Series

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/cancer-waiting-times/