Tuesday 10 December 2019 / 10:31 PM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

The very future of our NHS is at stake on Thursday – Jonathan Ashworth

Five more years of the Tories means millions more living in pain and discomfort as they wait for operations

With just 24 hours to polling day, Labour have revealed the impact that 5 more years of a Conservative Government will have on our National Health Service. New analysis shows that:

  • Waiting lists are expected to reach 5.8 million by the end of 2024, up from 4.4 million in 2019 and 2.5 million in 2010, according to projections based on official data.
  • The number of people waiting more than two months for cancer treatment is projected to reach 47,554 in 2024, up from 29,732 on 2018, and up almost 30,000 on 2010 when just 13,357 waited more than two months for treatment
  • The number of people waiting more than 4 hours in A&E is projected to reach 448,525 a month in 2024, up on 320,034 in October 2019 and up 41,231 in November 2010

The Tories have presided over almost a decade of underinvestment and mismanagement of our health service. The Health Foundation – an independent healthcare organisation – have now said that the Tories’ offer on funding is “below the amount needed to maintain current standards of care”, confirming that five more years of a Tory Government threatens to leave even more people waiting longer for vital services – beyond current record levels.

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

“If the Tory demolition of our NHS continues, it will be millions of patients waiting longer and longer in pain, and thousands of cancer sufferers with their lives at risk who will pay the price.

“If the Tories win on Thursday it will mean five more years of ballooning waiting lists, more patients languishing on trolleys in hospital corridors, and people with cancer enduring even longer waits for vital treatment.

“The very future of our NHS is at stake on Thursday. Labour will give the NHS the rescue plan it needs and bring waiting lists down to secure quality care for all.”