John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said in response to figures published today revealing the number of people who waited over 18 weeks for treatment increased by a third between May 2010 and May this year:
“David Cameron has pledged to keep waiting times low but these new official figures show that when compared with same period a year ago almost 7,000 more people were waiting longer than 18 weeks to get hospital treatment. That’s a third up on last year and the situation is getting worse by the month.
“It is clear that people can’t trust David Cameron to keep his NHS promises.
“The NHS is starting to go backwards again under the Tories. Instead of concentrating efforts on improving services for patients, Ministers have spent a wasted year forcing through their reckless and damaging NHS reorganisation.”