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Iris Ann Day died after a life-saving operation was cancelled three times.

Is this the “good news of the National Health Service” that Theresa May was applauding at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (November 15)?

Jeremy Corbyn had pointed out that last week, the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, wrote: “The budget for the NHS next year is well short of what is currently needed.”

He said: “The A&E waiting time target has not been met for two years. The 62-day cancer waiting time target has not been met since 2015. So, again, can the Prime Minister spend the next week ensuring that the Budget does give sufficient funding to our NHS to meet our people’s needs?”

Mrs May responded scornfully:

“Yes, let us look at what Simon Stevens says about the national health service: ‘The quality of NHS care is demonstrably improving…Outcomes of care for most major conditions are dramatically better than three or five or ten years ago.’

“He said: ‘What’s been achieved in England over the past three years? More convenient access to primary care services…First steps to expand the primary care workforce…Highest cancer survival rates ever…Big expansion in cancer check-ups.’

“And: ‘Public satisfaction with hospital inpatients…at its highest for more than two decades.’

“That is the good news of our national health service.”

Those words ring hollow now.

And what will Mrs May do, now that we know she was talking utter claptrap at PMQs?

I’ll tell you: Absolutely nothing.

She couldn’t care less about a poor person’s dead baby.

A six-month-old baby girl suffering from a heart defect died after a life-saving operation was cancelled three times due to a lack of beds, an inquest heard.

Iris Ann Day was born with Down Syndrome and an atrio-ventricular septal defect – a hole in her heart which causes blood to flow around it.

The condition was discovered when her mother Hannah was 36 weeks pregnant, when doctors said she would need surgery at around three months old.

It was arranged under the care of Evelina London Children’s Hospital but put back on three occasions – once because of a lack of beds at the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Iris died on December 2 2016, just hours after her parents were told she was “stable and settled”.

Source: 6-month-old baby died after life-saving operation cancelled 3 times due to lack of beds | The London Economic


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