Jonathan Ashworth responds to today’s NHS statistics
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to NHS statistics published today, said:
“Today’s figures blow apart bogus claims from the Tories that they are the party of the NHS. Under the Tories more and more patients are waiting for treatment and languishing on trolleys in overwhelmed A&E departments in increasing numbers. Behind every statistic is a patient in pain and distress. The facts speak for themselves and no amount of spin can hide the reality that the Tories simply don’t care about the NHS.”
Notes to Editors
- Today’s figures from NHS England show that 85.4 per cent of patients were seen within four hours in A&E this September, compared with 89.1 per cent in September 2018
- 64,921 patients were left stranded on hospital trolleys for four hours or longer in September 2019 compared with 44,582 last year.
- Five out of eight of the cancer waiting time targets were missed in August, including the 62 day waiting time target which has not been met since December 2015.
- The number of patients on the waiting list in England at the end of August 2019 was 4.4 million. Taking account of trusts not submitting data, the waiting list increased by 4.8 per cent over August 2018.
Source for all statistics: NHS England, Combined Performance Summary