Labour has today highlighted how the government is breaking its promises on NHS funding and reorganisation, at a time when the service is showing signs of strain.
John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“David Cameron said before the election that he would protect NHS spending and in the Coalition Agreement went further by promising to guarantee health spending increases in real terms in every year of the Parliament. But his government is now breaking its promises, double-counting £1 billion a year in the Spending Review as both money for the NHS and money to paper over the cracks in social care.”
“And this time of all times, the last thing the NHS needs is a big internal, high-cost and high-risk reorganisation. David Cameron ruled out reorganisation before the Election; as did the Coalition Agreement. But that was before the Health White Paper plans. Promise made in May, broken in July; promise made by David Cameron, broken by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.”
“The NHS is showing signs of strain. Patients waiting more than 13 weeks for diagnostic tests have trebled in the last year; 27,000 frontline staff jobs are being cut and two-thirds of maternity wards are so short-staffed the Royal College of Midwives warns mothers and babies can’t be properly cared for. This is not what people expected when they heard David Cameron promise to protect the NHS.”