Saturday 7 January 2017 / 3:38 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Jeremy Corbyn commenting on the crisis in our NHS

Jeremy
Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party,
said:

“The crisis in
our NHS is unprecedented. People are lying on trolleys in corridors waiting to
be seen. 

Hospitals have had to
close their doors, unable to admit patients. 

The health service is
at breaking point. 

But this crisis is not
due to an outbreak of disease. It is a crisis made in Downing Street by this
government – a crisis we warned them about.

The Red Cross
yesterday announced it is providing humanitarian assistance to NHS trusts that simply
do not have the resources to cope. 

This is a national
scandal – and Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt have to take both responsibility and
urgent action to tackle it.

I’m grateful to the
Red Cross volunteers who have stepped in during this emergency, as well as the
hard working NHS staff who are being let down and undermined by this
government.

But we should not have
to rely on the Red Cross to provide the basic care the people of this country
need. 

The fact is this
government have repeatedly failed to put the necessary resources into our
health service, while they have cut social care and wasted billions on a
top-down reorganization to accelerate privatization.

And despite finding
billions of tax giveaways for big business and the richest, Theresa May’s
Conservatives failed to find a single penny for the NHS in their autumn
statement.

Our NHS cannot survive
if this government does not change course. 

Labour is calling on
the government to cancel their tax breaks for the wealthiest and fund our NHS
instead.

The people of this
country need an explanation for the state of emergency in our hospitals, and an
account of what action will be taken to end it. 

The only person who
can do that is the Prime Minister.  

So I am demanding that
the Prime Minister comes to the House of Commons on Monday and sets out to the
British people how she plans to fix her failure on the NHS.”