Tuesday 28 March 2017 / 8:39 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Greater restrictions and rationing proposed today are a direct result of Theresa May’s underfunding of the NHS – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan
Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary
, commenting on reports that NHS
England is to develop new guidelines in order to stop GPs from prescribing
certain medicines, said:

“This
Government has forced the NHS through the longest period of financial squeeze
in its history. Indeed, hospital bosses have recently warned it will be
‘mission impossible’ to achieve the standards of care the public demand given
the scale of the underfunding.

“We
have long warned this underfunding would lead to greater rationing of services
and treatments. Ministers need to explain what today’s restrictions will mean
for those eligible for free prescriptions such as the elderly, pregnant and
those on low incomes.

“Of
course, NHS bosses are right to demand the best possible value for money from the
medicines they buy so that every penny can go towards patient care. But let’s
be clear: the greater restrictions and rationing proposed today are a direct
result of Theresa May’s underfunding of the NHS.“