Monday 18 June 2018 / 1:05 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

The money announced today is not enough to save our NHS after eight years of Conservative austerity – Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Theresa May’s speech on the NHS, said:

“The money announced today by the Prime Minister is not enough to save our NHS after eight years of Conservative austerity.

“Although she confirmed the current situation is not sustainable, today’s figures represent little more than a standstill in funding, according to experts.

“People are waiting longer and in pain because of Tory cuts to the NHS. The Prime Minister couldn’t say today when this will improve and waiting lists will come down.

“She also confirmed that social care, capital spending and public health will not see any increase as a result of today’s announcement.

“If the Conservatives do manage to publish the detail of their insufficient 3.4% increase, then Labour’s fully costed plans to raise taxes for the top 5% and big business will top up NHS spending growth to around the 5% which is needed.”