Jeremy Hunt is hoping for a mild winter as A&E departments struggle to cope. He’ll be disappointed if he looks outside his window right now [Image: PA].

The Mirror‘s leader-writer is wrong on this one – if Jeremy Hunt and the minority Tory government don’t ease the A&E crisis, he should be jailed, and the key to his cell conveniently mislaid.

We are discussing a creature that believes it is more useful to the country to give a £4.7 billion tax break to bankers, who add nothing to the general prosperity of the UK as a whole, than to properly fund a health service that would – provided with the wherewithal – turn sick people back into productive members of society.

This creature thinks it is a good idea to starve the health service of funding because it pushes people into buying private healthcare and making profit for people who don’t actually do anything useful themselves.

It’s time this kind of misuse of the tools of government was turned into a crime, with a mandatory jail term.

It is glaringly obvious how much the NHS is ailing from the figures showing the shocking rise in the number of patients stuck in ambulances outside hospitals.

More than 20,000 anxious, unwell people in the last fortnight in England alone have been forced to endure long waits in the back of a vehicle before getting into A&E.

Long stints on hospital trolleys used to be the problem, but now there are queues to get into the building before you can even find a spot on a corridor.

There are calls for 150,000 volunteers to relieve pressure on workers, who will no doubt be asked to carry out tasks that paid staff once performed. Tory cuts are destroying a service that is not an optional extra, but an essential public service. A matter of life and death.

Hapless Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will never be forgiven. Crossing his fingers and hoping for mild weather to avoid a winter crisis isn’t a strategy – it’s a high-risk gamble that could cost people their lives.

Source: Voice of the Mirror: Jeremy Hunt will never by forgiven if he does not ease A&E crisis – Voice of the Mirror – Mirror Online


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