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

"David Cameron’s Health Bill has come under scathing attack today from frontline NHS staff. Now we have yet more evidence of how the chaos the Government is inflicting on the NHS is affecting patients.

"As Ministers obsess over NHS structures, they've lost Labour's firm grip on the health service. For the ninth week running, hospitals are failing to meet the Government's own lowered A&E target. David Cameron relaxed Labour's standards on A&E waiting times and now more and more people are facing longer waits and paying the price for his mismanagement of the NHS.

"Whilst other figures show that over the Winter period nearly 75,000 patients were forced to wait in ambulances in A&E departments across the country and the number of cancelled urgent operations is up year-on-year too.

"These worrying signs show an NHS in increasing distress. It is time the Government focused on what matters to people, rather than this costly and distracting reorganisation. David Cameron must stop putting his political pride before the best interests of the NHS, drop his Health Bill and start putting patients first."

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