Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the crisis in England’s A&Es ahead of Jeremy Hunt’s speech today, said:
“Jeremy Hunt cannot continue to blame everyone else for his Government’s failings. The number of patients waiting more than 4 hours in A&E has nearly trebled since the 2010 election, and in some hospitals last week as many as one in three patients were waiting more than four hours. It's time to cut the spin and get a grip.
“On David Cameron’s watch popular NHS walk-in centres have closed, the successful NHS Direct service has been replaced by the failing NHS 111 number and GP surgeries are closing their doors earlier – putting more pressure on A&E units.
“4,500 nursing jobs have been lost and ambulances are queuing outside A&Es – it’s no wonder public satisfaction with the NHS has nose-dived under the Tories. It just shows the NHS is not safe in David Cameron’s hands.”