Saturday 21 January 2017 / 1:24 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

NHS crisis is one that’s been made in Downing Street – Jonathan Ashworth MP

Today Labour is campaigning across the country on the NHS.

Theresa May needs to wake up to the crisis in our NHS and Labour are calling on the Government bring forward funding for social care and put the NHS on a sustainable footing.

Day after day there are experts and health professionals calling for the Government to take action, and more statistics showing how the crisis is deepening. Yesterday the weekly statistics showed that hospitals are turning away ambulances and directing to other hospitals twice as many times as in previous years.

Labour Health Briefing: Winter A&E diverts running at twice the rate of previous years

The latest NHS weekly performance data shows that there were 52 temporary diverts from one A&E to another in the week ending 15 January 2017.

The level of diverts is higher than in previous years and almost double the level from early January last year.

So far this winter (since 1 December) there have been 249 diverts put in place, compared with 123 in the same period last year.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary said:

“A&E diverts are at their highest level for years, proving yet again that the Tories have pushed our health service to its limits. The NHS is experiencing the largest financial squeeze in its history, it is harder to see a GP and £4.6 billion has been cut from social care provision.

“This is why A&Es are packed –  because cuts to other parts of the system have left patients with nowhere else to go. The truth is that 2017’s NHS crisis is one that’s been made in Downing Street.

“Labour is calling for urgent investment in social care and a commitment to put the NHS on a long term sustainable footing in the March Budget to avoid a winter like this again. Quite simply the Government’s policy of underfunding and mismanaging the NHS has left hospitals on the brink.”