Wednesday 7 August 2019 / 12:01 AM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

Jon Ashworth comments on government changes to NHS pension rules

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on government changes to NHS pension rules, said:

“The NHS is facing a workforce crisis. Despite Tory ministers promising to boost the number of GPs, we’ve actually seen the first sustained drop in GP numbers in fifty years.

“Doctors have long been warning that George Osborne’s pension changes have undermined their ability to provide the care patients deserve. The truth is cuts and ministerial incompetence have left the NHS struggling to cope with 100,000 staff shortages.

“It is patients who are suffering the consequences with growing waiting lists and cancelled operations. Ministers need to do significantly more to provide the NHS with the staff it needs now and for the future.”