Even This Writer wasn’t aware he answered Jeremy Corbyn’s question about therapeutic radiographers with statistics about diagnostic radiographers. They aren’t the same but would you have spotted the difference? Kudos if you did.
Mr Corbyn’s attack was backed by the Society of Radiographers which said therapeutic training places for next year will be 396 compared to 414 this year, a cut of 4.3 per cent.
Of course, living in Wales, I caught Cameron’s lie about spending on the Welsh NHS. The Mirror has the figures, which show that spending on health has increased by nine per cent since 2013-14 and spending on health and social services per person is higher than in England.
Let’s all remember that, next time Cameron tries to pull this trick!
His misquoting of Andy Burnham is stunning. Cameron said the Tories had increased funding for the NHS at a time when Burnham had claimed it would be “irresponsible”. On Twitter, Burnham killed that one stone dead: “What I actually said, @David_Cameron, was that it’s irresponsible to pay for NHS funding increase by raiding social care. And I stand by it.”
Finally, I had intended to mention that anyone whose ESA claim lapses for an appreciable period of time (The Mirror says 12 weeks or more but I’m sure a change of circumstance will trigger it) and then has to claim again will be treated as a new claimant and will receive the reduced rate of the benefit, if they are put into the work-related activity group.
That’s a moot point at the moment, though – as Cameron has yet to reinstate the cut to the same rate as Jobseekers’ Allowance, after the Lords eliminated it from the latest ‘Welfare’ Bill.
David Cameron was at his slippery worst at Prime Minister’s questions.
Faced with sustained and sombre questioning from Jeremy Corbyn on the state of the NHS, he did everything apart from give direct answers.
At first he tried to bamboozle MPs with statistics.
Then he resorted to attacks on the health service in Labour-run Wales even though Mr Corbyn was asking about NHS in England.
The Prime Minister then misquoted Andy Burnham and dismissed those with terminal illnesses as making a “lifestyle choice” by being on benefits.
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