Wow. The NHS in England is performing worse than ever after nine years of Tory mismanagement.
Figures provided by NHS England itself are the worst since targets were introduced more than a decade ago. None of the three key hospital targets have been met for more than three years, and the target to start cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral is also being missed.
The 62 day cancer waiting time target hasn’t been met for a disgraceful 4 years now. Last year alone, 34,000 people waited longer than 62 days to start cancer treatment.
It’s time for real change. Labour will invest £26 billion in our NHS. #LabourNHSRescue
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) November 13, 2019
Suddenly NHS Wales – much lambasted by Tory prime ministers – is looking far more efficient, isn’t it?
The figures show:
- 83.6% of A&E patients were admitted or transferred in four hours – below the 95% target
- 76.9% of cancer patients started treatment in 62 days in September – below the 85% target
- 84.8% of patients on the waiting list for hospital treatment waiting under 18 weeks – below the 92% target
Labour announced a £26 billion plan to restore the health service to the high point it had reached in 2010, when the Tories took over and started wrecking it.
Here it is in a nutshell:
Labour’s plan for our NHS:
– 24,000 more nurses
– Reduce waiting lists
– Treat 95% patients in 18 wks
– Upgrade A&E performance
– Improve cancer survival
– Nursing Burseries
– More GPs
– Free prescriptions #VoteLabour2019 #NHSNotforSale https://t.co/yryIg3wOAz…
— Bill Esterson (@Bill_Esterson) November 13, 2019
A great indication of what needs to be done – and who’s best placed to do it – is in this tweet from Labour candidate Joyce Still, who is herself a nurse:
Today, Labour are announcing a £26bn plan to deliver the changes the NHS needs. I’ve worked in the NHS for 40 years and have seen services decimated by this government, causing particular devastation in #Stafford. I will fight to have services returned to our hospital pic.twitter.com/oAm6HcD6jL
— Joyce Still (@StillJoyce) November 13, 2019
Bizarrely, Conservative health secretary Matt Hancock has said the figures – that show a disastrous decline under his own stewardship of the health service and that of his forerunners including Andrew Lansley and Jeremy Hunt – indicate that Labour is to blame and must be kept out of government.
Is that so his party can finish the job and ruin our health service forever?
That’s what I get from this train-crash interview by Boris Johnson:
If you care about the NHS, this BBC video is sobering stuff.
Twice he refuses to do so.
So much for your “NHS love”, Mr Johnson 😔pic.twitter.com/FYAVIzAAIe
— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) November 13, 2019
He’s desperate to bring in a fully-privatised, profit-making corporate health system, modelled on the US system that bankrupts more people than it cures.
The message – from the figures and the campaign rhetoric – is clear:
If you want a healthy future, you want to vote Labour.
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