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Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to warnings from ambulance services on the A&E crisis, said:
"In the NHS's 65th anniversary week, warnings do not come any more serious than this. Patients are paying the price for David Cameron’s NHS betrayal.

"There is no more visible sign of an A&E crisis than patients queuing up outside hospitals in the back of ambulances. Queues have doubled under this Government and when ambulances are trapped at the hospital door then it becomes more difficult for them to respond to life-threatening calls.

"Ambulance chiefs are right to warn that a lack of social care is leaving A&Es so full that they're unable to take new patients arriving by ambulance. On David Cameron's watch, elderly care budgets have been cut to the bone. Fewer older people are getting the care they need at home, meaning patients can't be discharged from hospital and others need to be admitted.

"The A&E crisis proves you can't trust the Tories with the NHS."

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