Government’s hospitals announcement – Jonathan Ashworth responds
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the government’s hospitals announcement, said:
“You can’t trust Boris Johnson with the NHS. All his past promises on new cash have been exposed as a con and after years of Tory cuts, hospitals are crumbling, facing a £6 billion repair bill.
“What’s more our NHS is short of 100,000 staff. Only Labour has a costed plan to recruit the extra doctors and nurses our health service needs.
“Ministers must now explain if today’s announcement is for completely new projects or ones already planned, what that means for the rest of the NHS capital budget and outline whether existing hospitals or services will close as part of reconfigurations and over what timescale. Given Boris Johnson’s spin of previous health claims, patients and NHS staff will expect total honesty and clarity today.”