Tuesday 14 March 2017 / 8:40 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Theresa May’s sustained underfunding of the NHS is directly impacting on the quality of patient care – Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the King’s Fund report Understanding NHS financial pressures, said:

“Theresa May’s sustained underfunding of the NHS is directly impacting on the quality of patient care. We all know we have an ageing population and rising demands on the NHS yet Tory ministers have completely failed to put in place the plans for the NHS to respond to those demands.

“Now we learn that the number of hip replacements the NHS carries out has started to fall while waiting times for hip replacements are on the rise. It’s a disgrace that as a result of the Tory funding squeeze many elderly people are forced to live in prolonged agony and without independence because they can’t are denied a hip replacement in reasonable time.

“The King’s Fund say that district nurses are under increasing pressure, which is affecting both their welfare and patient care. The Government’s decision to make savings by cutting back preventative healthcare and public health services is staggeringly short sighted and will end up costing the NHS and the country far more in the long term.

“It’s now clearer than ever that Theresa May’s funding squeeze is hitting the NHS hard and it is patients who are suffering as a result.”

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