Wednesday 11 January 2017 / 4:45 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Theresa May in total denial about NHS crisis – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan
Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary
, responding to the evidence from
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, and Chris Hopson, Chief
Executive of NHS Providers, at the Public Accounts Committee, said:

“Just
hours after the Prime Minister stands up at PMQs commending her Government’s funding
of the NHS, the NHS England chief tells MPs that it would be stretching it to
say that the NHS has got more money than it asked for.

"Theresa
May is in total denial about the crisis the Tories have created in the NHS.

"The
warnings from professionals and patients have flooded in, but Theresa May has
just buried her head in the sand. At Prime Minister’s Questions today she again
refused Labour’s calls for extra funding, claiming that she’s given the NHS the
money it needs. But her argument has now been blown out of the water by two top
NHS Chiefs who have starkly laid out the truth: the NHS is facing financial
crisis under the Tories.

"Enough
is enough. Theresa May needs to come out of her bunker, admit she’s got it
wrong and guarantee the funding the NHS needs.

"Number
10 should listen to the experts like Simon Stevens and not be briefing against
him.”