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The Prime Minister has lost control of the NHS crisis

January 15, 2017 3:15 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have accused the Prime Minister of losing control of the NHS crisis, as new figures reveal the extent to which the health service is creaking under the pressure of underfunding and growing demand.

The figures show that in November 2016:

Four in ten hospital trusts issued emergency alerts warning that they were facing serious operational pressures in the first week of January.

The figures from the 3rd to 8th January:

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

"As we see A&Es full, people waiting hours on the phone to get a GP appointment or on a trolley in a ward, the buck lies with the Prime Minister and this Conservative government. Theresa May has lost control of the NHS crisis and needs to get a grip. Instead of briefing against NHS officials. This government should make a U-turn in Parliament and stump up the cash our NHS needs."

Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

"When hospitals face this kind of pressure day after day, there can be no doubt patient care will suffer. There is now an avalanche of bad news showing hospitals are struggling to cope. How much more will it take for this Government to see sense and provide emergency funding for the NHS? We urgently needs a cross-party process on how to fund health and care services in the long-term, or the NHS will keep lurching from crisis to crisis."