Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the GP Magazine survey revealing 90 per cent of NHS trusts rationing care, said:
"It is scandalous for patients to face agonising decisions about paying for treatments privately as the NHS stops offering key services. Labour warned that this Government was encouraging the acceleration of a postcode lottery and now we have it in black and white. The Health Secretary has a duty to promote a comprehensive National Health Service, but on his watch the N has been taken out of NHS - random rationing taking place across the health service.
"David Cameron is inflicting chaos on the NHS and as a result our health service is now taking haphazard decisions on treatments in a desperate bid to save money. The Government brought forward a costly NHS re-organisation at precisely the time the NHS needed to focus its efforts on the efficiency savings."