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Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said in response to results of the British Social Attitudes survey, which shows the largest ever drop in public satisfaction with the NHS in a single year:
 
"It speaks volumes that the first fall in public satisfaction with the NHS for over a decade came in the first full year of Tory control.
 
"It takes a special kind of incompetence to inherit a successful NHS with patient satisfaction at an all-time high and in just two years in Government turn it into an organisation demoralised, destabilised and fearful of the future.
 
"Patients can already see the damage being done to services and staff morale by David Cameron's disastrous decision to re-organise the NHS at a time of financial stress. It is heading back to the bad old days of the 80s and 90s with A&E in chaos and patients waiting for hours on trolleys in corridors.
 
"The NHS was working and people will not forgive David Cameron for allowing it to be turned upside down in a wasteful £3-billion re-organisation at the worst possible time.
 
"Doctors, nurses and midwives repeatedly warned the Prime Minister about the dangers of proceeding with his re-organisation. He chose to ignore them and put his own political pride before the best interests of patients.
 
"David Cameron said the NHS would be his priority but the reality is that under him we've seen waiting lists spiralling out of control the NHS sinking into chaos."

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