Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the Health Select Committee report on NHS and care expenditure, said:
“This report shows the Health Select Committee no longer believes David Cameron’s spin on real-terms increases for the NHS.
“David Cameron promised to give the NHS year-on-year increases but he cut NHS spending in his first year in Government. Thousands of nursing jobs have been axed and the NHS is struggling to cope with a wasteful and disruptive £3 billion re-organisation.
“The report is right to highlight that the Government is failing to achieve the long-term efficiency savings. Rather than focusing on maintaining care standards and meeting the efficiency challenge, Ministers have obsessed over a back-office re-organisation. The NHS is making short-sighted cuts to staffing and other front-line areas that risk damaging patient care.
“David Cameron must stop the attack on the front-line and ensure that patients are put first.”