Thursday 31 May 2018 / 12:01 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

The NHS is now in a year-round crisis – Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to NHS Improvement’s report into the NHS’s performance in 2017/18, said:

“Eight years of relentless Tory austerity has left our NHS in a complete financial mess. NHS providers ended the year with a combined deficit of nearly £1 billion, double what had been predicted. This is a totally unsustainable situation which cannot be allowed to continue.

“Thanks to the Tories, the NHS is now in a year-round crisis with cancelled operations, ever more vicious privatisation, rationing of treatments, bed reductions and a shortfall of 100,000 staff – highlighting the critical urgency of action needed.

“But all that ministers have offered is infighting and vague commitments to a “long term funding settlement”. Patients and our heroic staff deserve better. Labour will offer the NHS the long term investment it so desperately needs.”