Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 4:30 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

“The Government has overseen a devastating decline in NHS finances” – Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to today’s NHS Improvement Q3 Performance report, said:

“Today’s report confirms yet again that Ministers have failed to give the NHS the funding it needs to deliver a truly world class service for patients.

“This Government has overseen a devastating decline in NHS finances and the result is worsening outcomes for patients, with huge staff shortages and treatments cancelled or delayed. NHS staff are working round the clock to cope with rising demand but Ministers are failing to give them the resources to do the job.

“NHS Improvement have confirmed publicly for the first time that there are more than 100,000 unfilled posts in the NHS. The extent of the Government’s failure to plan the NHS workforce is astonishing. Understaffed wards and surgeries are a threat to patients and a sustainable workforce strategy is long overdue.

“Theresa May simply can’t continue to ignore the crisis in our NHS.”