Wednesday 25 January 2017 / 10:38 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Hard-working people don’t want an NHS where they are charged for treatments – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan
Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health
, commenting on
reports that GPs are drawing up plans to charge patients for evening and
weekend appointments, said:

“The
fairest, most efficient and most equitable way of delivering healthcare is to
ensure it is publicly funded and free at the point of use.

“Reports
that GPs are now considering introducing charging would allow wealthier
patients to jump the queue. It is an intolerable consequence of Government
under-funding of General Practice and the Tories’ wasteful re-organisation of the
NHS.

"This
is yet another stark revelation about the reality of Tory mismanagement of the
NHS. The Prime Minister simply cannot keep blaming everyone other than her own
Government for the scale of this crisis. Hard-working people don’t want an NHS
where they are charged for treatments. Theresa May needs to get a grip and
fast.”