Jonathan Ashworth responds to NHS performance statistics
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, commenting on NHS performance statistics published today, said:
“These figures show the alarming and sustained pressure the NHS has been under for months now – impacting all areas of treatment. Hospitals are struggling to deliver urgent care in the most difficult of circumstances, while over 190,000 people have now been waiting over a year for treatment.
“Years of underfunding, bed cuts and understaffing left our NHS exposed when the Coronavirus epidemic hit us.
“It is vital that we now have a Herculean effort to roll out at least two million vaccines a week, with NHS staff vaccinations completed in the next week, to ease pressure on our NHS.”