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Worst NHS Figures Ever 'Badge Of Shame'

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ministers must take responsibility for deepening crisis in the NHS, according to union.

GMB, the union for health sector workers, has today slammed the Government’s record on the NHS.

The union was responding to the latest official NHS full year figures, and leaked data obtained by the BBC which shows that January was the worst month for A&E performance since records began [1].

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said:

“These shocking figures are a badge of shame for a Government that swore to protect our NHS.

"Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt can ignore the deepening crisis in our health service no longer.

"With services deteriorating and the worst January in A&E since records began, patients’ lives are being put at risk.

“Ministers must take responsibility for the consequences of their cuts to social care funding and NHS training places, as well as their unprecedented squeeze on public sector wages that is driving professionals out of the NHS.

"Everyone knows what the problem is - our health service deperately needs more cash.

"And the government could solve this tomorrow if they wanted, instead they cut taxes for millionaires and impose self-defeating  austerity on the nation.

"The fact there was no mention of NHS funding in either the autumn statement or the Brexit white paper is telling.

"The conservatives want to undermine, then privatise our NHS for the benefit of big corporations.

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

[1] BBC, A&E waits for January 'worst ever', leaked data suggests, 09/02/2017 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38907492

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