#NHSCrisis: Keep reminding May the misery is her fault

Theresa May: In Prime Minister’s Questions last week, she was blaming older people for the crisis in the English NHS [Image: PA].

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth is absolutely right: With no less than 66 out of 152 English hospital trusts in a state of emergency, it is unacceptable for Theresa May (or Jeremy Hunt) to pass the buck. Blame lies with them and their government.

Mr Ashworth’s points are damning:

Theresa May and her Government not only take no responsibility. She feels no shame and doesn’t seem to realise what’s happening to real people.

So she now considers it a “small number” when more than a quarter of patients are waiting over four hours in A&E.

She now considers it “acceptable” that hospitals have to convert gymnasiums into temporary wards and pensioners are trapped, waiting in cold ambulances.

Rather than action, her response is to try to water down the A&E target as if she believes that changing the goals in Whitehall will make any difference to someone waiting in anxiety on a trolley in a real A&E.

Yesterday she tried to blame family doctors.

Source: Theresa May is in denial and out of touch in her response to the crisis of the NHS, says Jonathan Ashworth

Today (January 15), Jeremy Corbyn outlined a few simple steps that would relieve the immediate pressure on the health service, providing breathing-room for long-term solutions to be found.

He said the Conservatives should cancel their plan to cut Corporation Tax and the higher rate of Income Tax. This would release £70 billion.

The money could be used to ensure there are enough beds for incoming patients and enough staff to treat them.

And plenty of money would be left over – certainly enough to provide £2 billion for improvements in the social care system.

Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, echoed Labour’s position on the NHS Crisis in an appearance on Peston on Sunday. She said: “You’re not cutting fat from the system; you’re cutting muscle. If you cut muscle, it won’t stand up anymore.”

This Writer could not agree more.

Theresa May, Jeremy Hunt and the Tories simply don’t have a leg to stand on.

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  1. mohandeer January 15, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    …..”He said the Conservatives should cancel their plan to cut Corporation Tax and the higher rate of Income Tax. This would release £70 billion.”…..
    Never going to happen, the Tories want their corporate execs on side and the wealthiest will have a tantrum if they have to part with their fair share of Tax
    Because of the progressive and regressive taxation model Britain has, those who earn the most pay only 24% tax compared to the lower paid who pay 38% to the exchequer. This means that those who can least afford it are paying 14% more than those who can most afford it. But hay ho – we’re all in this together. The only ones working together are the right wingers(both sides of the Westminster aisle) lining their own pockets at the expense of the rest of us.

  2. toocomplex4justice January 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I wish they could experience literally not having a leg to stand on for a day. It would give them a taste of reality and having their arses pressed firmly into the ground would shut them up and let their brains have a chance. Sorry, my mistake, brains in same location. Shut them up anyway

  3. shaun-128 January 15, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I can’t imagine the public falling for Ms May’s it’s the G.P’s fault for not opening 7 days a week, no matter how hard the print media try to pursued us.

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