Thursday 13 December 2018 / 11:21 AM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

While Government remains paralysed by Brexit infighting, the NHS is struggling as a result of years of underfunding – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the NHS Weekly Winter and Monthly Combined Performance statistics said:

“Winter is only just beginning for our NHS and these are hugely concerning figures that don’t bode well for the difficult months ahead.

“While Government remains paralysed by Brexit infighting, the NHS is struggling as a result of years of underfunding, cuts and staffing shortages. Rather than their self-interest, Tory ministers must start prioritising patients’ interests by outlining proposals for the NHS this winter.

“It would be totally unforgivable if patients suffered another winter crisis like the ones we’ve seen in recent years.

“Patients will expect the imminent NHS plan to have a clear and credible solution to chronic understaffing and a roadmap for restoring performance that has deteriorated so unacceptably in recent years.”