Thursday 24 May 2018 / 11:55 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth responds to the latest quarterly bed occupancy data

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to the latest quarterly bed occupancy data, said:

“Yet again this is more damning evidence of a Tory made crisis in the NHS.

“Government ministers should be ashamed that years of cuts to beds, cuts to social care and austerity have led to the worst bed occupancy rates on record.

“Bed occupancy rates above 85% pose a significant risk to patient safety and the downturn compared with last year should be a cause of serious concern.

“The NHS is on the brink and needs a long term investment plan. Only Labour will give the NHS the extra resources to ensure we have the quality of care patients deserve.”