Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the Public Accounts Committee report on securing the future financial sustainability of the NHS, said:
“We repeatedly warned David Cameron it was dangerous to reorganise the NHS when its first focus should have been on facing the financial challenge - this distraction is now throwing the NHS off course.
“With hospital trusts facing a financial challenge David Cameron's Government should be focussing on sorting the situation out. Instead, as this report reveals, they are 'inventing rules and processes on the hoof', lack a plan to deal with trusts in serious financial difficulties and cannot guarantee that the quality of patient care will not be affected.
“This chaos is precisely what we warned would happen when the Government inflicted chaos on NHS finances with a £3bn re-organisation. Ministers must get a grip on the turmoil and put staff and patients first.”