Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to new figures on diagnostic waiting times published today, said:
“People are seeing straight through David Cameron's hollow claims on the NHS. His words simply do not match up with the reality on the ground.
“At the very moment he stood before his Conference claiming waiting times were falling, new figures were being published showing more and more patients are waiting longer for crucial test results.
“He claims to have protected the NHS budget but has in fact cut it for two years running. This explains why people are facing longer waits and seeing essential operations restricted.
“Cameron's toxic mix of NHS budget cuts and a costly re-organisation has pushed the NHS to the brink. Now more than ever the NHS needs a One Nation Prime Minister. David Cameron urgently needs to face up to the growing crisis of confidence in the NHS. His empty boasts are of no use to patients and staff.”