January was the worst month on record for major A&Es – Jonathan Ashworth
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the latest NHS performance data, said:
“Today’s statistics expose the hollow nature of the Prime Minister’s claim that her Government has sufficiently prepared for winter. Almost eight years of severe austerity has left our health service woefully underfunded, understaffed and unprepared for the rise in demand during the coldest period of the year.
“This January was the worst month on record for major A&Es, with over 1,000 patients being stuck on trolleys for over 12 hours and a staggering 515% increase in those waiting over 4 hours compared with January 2011.
“Despite the very best efforts of our brilliant NHS staff, patients and their families will understandably be profoundly concerned by the downturn in standards. The appalling human stories arising from the worst winter crisis on record have shocked the nation.
“Unlike the Tories, Labour will give our NHS the funding it needs to ensure the health service remains a world class service all year round.”