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Jamie Reed MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, speaking after the release of new A&E waiting time figures this afternoon, said:

“Today for the tenth week running, hospitals have failed to meet the Government's own lowered A&E target. This is yet more evidence of how patients are paying the price for the Government’s mismanagement of our precious NHS.

“Ministers are obsessing over their reckless NHS reorganisation plans and lost Labour's firm grip on waiting times. This Government relaxed Labour's standards on A&E waiting times and now more people are facing longer waits.

“The NHS is showing signs of increasing distress and it’s time the Government focused on what matters to patients, not this costly reorganisation. David Cameron is putting his political pride before the best interests of the NHS. He must drop this Health Bill and start putting patients first."

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