Liz Kendall MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, in response to expert warnings on cuts to clinical networks in today's Guardian, said:
“Cancer, stroke and heart networks have played a crucial role in improving patient care, helping to save more lives and reduce disabilities.
“Since June, Labour has been warning that these vital groups of clinical experts are being cut. The Government has repeatedly denied it, but we now know the number of networks, their staff and funding are all being slashed.
“This Tory-led Government is breaking its promises on the NHS and it’s patients and their families who will suffer.
“It's time for the Health Secretary to come out of hiding and explain why he's cutting cancer networks, particularly when Clinical Commissioning Groups are new and need this expert support.”