Thursday 5 January 2017 / 8:11 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Jonathan Ashworth comments on BMJ investigation into NHS referral management centres

Jonathan Ashworth
MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary
, commenting on an investigation by the
British Medical Journal, which questions the efficiency of NHS referral
management centres, said:

“This
is a worrying development highlighting how much our NHS is struggling to cope
with increase in patient demand and Tory cuts to our health service.

“Patients
will rightly be alarmed that millions of pounds is being siphoned off to the
private sector to stop people from being referred to hospital.

“Private
firms are effectively calling into question clinical decisions which have been
made by qualified GPs, simply to cut costs, and patients deserve better.”