Thursday 9 September 2021 / 12:17 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

NHS waiting list statistics – Jonathan Ashworth responds

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to the latest statistics showing 5.6 million people are on the NHS waiting list, said:

“The numbers of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks continues to grow and means more people left languishing in pain and distress for treatment.

“This week Ministers unveiled a punishing tax rise on working people yet utterly failed to offer any credible plan, or answer basic questions about a time frame for bringing this record waits down.

“The last Labour government had a detailed plan that brought waiting times down from 18 months to 18 weeks. It is a scandal that patients wait so long under the Tories.”