Thursday 12 January 2017 / 11:53 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

People will be shocked that the A&E target has been missed for 16 months in a row – Jonathan Ashworth MP

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary responding to NHS England’s Combined Performance data for November, said:

“Today’s figures reveal the pressure and strain A&E departments are under across the country. People will be shocked that the A&E target has been missed for sixteen months in a row. It’s simply not good enough.

“This week we have learnt of the intense pressures on our NHS this Winter. Instead of addressing this crisis with a package of urgent support for social care, government ministers suggested downgrading the A&E target – a move which provoked a widespread backlash.

“But rather than shifting the goalposts, Theresa May needs to tackle the crisis in social care, put the NHS on sustainable financial footing and get a grip of the situation urgently.”