With hospitals in such deep financial crisis there are real concerns about how the NHS will cope this winter – Jonathan Ashworth
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to today’s NHS Improvement Quarterly Monitoring Report for Q1 2018/19, said:
“For the first time this report gives us devastating confirmation of the extent of the Tory funding crisis in the NHS – Trusts now face an underlying deficit of £4.3bn. This funding crisis means wards are overcrowded and treatments have been cut back as hospital bosses struggle to make ends meet within the budgets provided by the Government.
“On all key performance measures the NHS is struggling to keep up with demand – A&E performance is down, waiting lists are rising, and even cancer services are overstretched. NHS vacancies are at an all-time high. With hospitals in such deep financial crisis, there are real concerns about how the NHS will cope this winter.
“Yet again we see that the overwhelming pressure on NHS staff and services has been caused by the austerity budgets imposed from Downing Street. Ahead of the NHS Ten Year Plan this Autumn, Ministers must say how they are going to put NHS finances on an even keel so that patients no longer pay the price for the Tories’ NHS funding crisis.”