Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to reports that the Chair of NHS England has warned of prospect of NHS charges, said:
"It has come to something when the new NHS chief warns the Government's economic failures could leave NHS patients paying for treatment from their own pocket.
"Patients are already finding important treatments like cataract operations and hip replacements are being rationed to cut costs. Too many are facing agonising decisions over whether to pay privately or go without. David Cameron's economic mismanagement must not force a cash-strapped NHS to start charging its own patients."