Thursday 13 June 2019 / 10:52 AM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

NHS struggling under pressure – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Health Secretary, responding to today’s new performance figures published by NHS England, said:

“Yet again today’s statistics show an NHS struggling under pressure. The number of patients on hospital waiting lists increased and the 18-week target for receiving treatment has been missed again.

“Cancer services are still not keeping pace with demand and it’s disgraceful that suspected cancer patients aren’t being seen on time, especially as we know that early diagnosis leads to better outcomes.

“These figures are a reminder that years of tory underfunding and understaffing has left patients increasingly anxious and worried for test results, and will be forced to wait longer for vital treatment. Ministers should put aside their Tory leadership squabbles and sort out the issues in the health service.”