Monday 2 January 2017 / 1:47 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

In her six months as Prime Minister Theresa May has shown no regard for the state of the NHS – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan
Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary
, commenting on warnings from Professor Helen
Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners,
that seven day doctor services are unrealistic and from Dr. Mark
Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine that the NHS is
facing potentially the worst January in its history, said: 

“These
are further warnings from health professionals of the impact that Tory cuts and
neglect are having on one of our country’s most important institutions. 

“Record
levels of delayed discharges, the crisis in social care, postponing operations,
cuts in the public health budgets have all stored up problems for the NHS, to
the point where the leader of the national body for acute hospital staff
is warning that this could be the worst January in the NHS’s
history. 

“Professor Helen
Stokes-Lampard’s fears that seven day GP services are “unrealistic”
will also raise widespread concerns about a flagship government pledge,
and for healthcare that keeps people out of hospital. These are yet further
warnings about the scale of the underfunding and understaffing now impacting
our NHS. 

“In her
six months as Prime Minister Theresa May has shown no regard for the state of
the NHS. The Tories have broken their promises on the NHS and their policies
are failing our health service and patients. In 2017 the government simply must
not carry on ignoring the warnings. Instead they need to come forward with a
genuine plan to give the NHS and social care the resources they need to deliver
the very best care every patient deserves.”