Thursday 14 March 2019 / 11:13 AM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

Worst ever A&E waits – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to the latest combined performance summary, said:

“Today waiting lists have grown again while the A&E target hasn’t been met since July 2015.

“For hospitals to report the worst ever A&E 4 hour waits in the same week NHS England announced plans to abandon the target exposes the reality of 9 years of austerity, understaffing and mismanagement of our NHS.

“Today’s statistics will do little to allay frontline concerns that targets will be changed not on the basis of clinical consensus, but because of political pressure from Tory ministers.

“It’s especially shameful that we have also seen the worst performance on record for patients to be seen for cancer treatment within two months.

“Behind each of these statistics is a patient waiting longer in pain and anguish. Standards of care continue to plummet under the Tories, only Labour can rebuild our NHS.”