Thursday 14 October 2021 / 1:12 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

Jonathan Ashworth responds to NHS waiting list statistics

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to the latest statistics showing 5.7 million people are on the NHS waiting list, said:

“The NHS is in crisis. Waiting lists are at record levels with more and more patients forced to pay for operations.

“GP numbers have gone down, and it’s no wonder Sajid Javid has run away from defending his latest policy announcement in front of doctors – his promise is already unravelling.

“The money announced today will mean about £33,000 extra per practice; nowhere near enough to deliver the change needed for patients. In 2019 the Tories pledged to deliver 6,000 extra GPs, and ahead of a tough winter, patients are asking why they have broken that promise.”