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Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to comments this morning by Dr Laurence Buckman, Chairman of the BMA's General Practitioners Committee, said:

“The BMA has called it right: the Government has been engaged in a point-scoring exercise instead of dealing with the crisis in A&E.

“David Cameron and his Health Secretary keep blaming GPs and the 2004 contract for the pressure in A&E despite a clear statement from the NHS Confederation that there is no link between the two. In addition, Jeremy Hunt has received official advice identifying other reasons for the pressure, such as the botched introduction of the 111 service and the severe cuts to social care.

“By picking on a convenient political target, the Health Secretary is failing to face up to the real causes of the chaos. That cannot be allowed to continue as the pressure is not going away and it is his job to find solutions.

“Jeremy Hunt has been found out playing politics with A&E and that is a very dangerous game indeed. He has dug himself into a large hole and, for all our sakes, needs to get out fast.  This crisis is a mess of his own making.

“This situation is now serious. David Cameron must cut the spin and get a grip.”


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