John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, has today written to Andrew Lansley challenging him over reports that the NHS is deliberately delaying operations and increasing waiting times, and calling on him to publish details of any minimum waiting times being imposed.
John Healey said:
“It is a disgrace that patients in some areas are being forced to wait at least 15 weeks before being treated, as a result of deliberate local policy decisions. Far from being a justification for the Tory-led Government’s NHS reorganisation, it is evidence of the extra pressure their huge upheaval is piling on the NHS.
“Patients are already starting to see long waiting times returning as we saw under the last Tory Government. David Cameron and Andrew Lansley have to get a grip on the NHS.”