Here’s more bad news the Tories tried to bury under Brexit

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Fréa Lockley

As the UK rumbles towards a crucial Brexit vote on 12 March, it seems the Conservatives are also using Brexit to bury bad news. Luckily, shadow health minister Jon Ashworth is having none of it.

NHS targets

Speaking in the commons on 11 March, Ashworth tore into the latest controversial plans to ditch NHS four-hour targets for Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments. He said:

You may have seen today that NHS England have announced the trialling of the abolition of the four-hour waiting time target in A&E departments… [This]… target allowed the last Labour government to deliver some of the lowest waiting times in history. And it hasn’t been met under this government since July 2015 and, indeed, 2.8 million patients waited beyond four hours in A&E last year.

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He also pointed out that removing this target should only have been based on “clear medical evidence” from healthcare professionals, not “pressure from Downing Street”.

Ashworth also questioned why health secretary Matt Hancock hadn’t made any statement about this as “a basic courtesy”. When he pushed further to ask if Hancock had shown any intention of making a statement, the answer was ‘no’.

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NHS crisis

Yes, Brexit affects us all. But in the meantime, vital services in the UK are close to breaking point after nine years of Conservative-led austerity. From education to the NHS, thousands of children and adults across the UK are paying the price. As Ashworth also said in a statement:

The reality is years of austerity, understaffing and wider cuts have left our A&Es overcrowded and in crisis. Anyone arriving at A&E deserves quick, quality care but unless we see more funding for the NHS, a credible staffing plan alongside significant funding for our social care sector, patients will continue to be let down regardless of what targets are in place.

It remains to be seen whether May will push through her latest Brexit deal. But for the Tories to use that crisis to hide from others and bury even more bad news is unforgivable.

Featured images via Wikimedia – Rwendland / NHS England

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    2. Funny how bad news for NHS England spins to be the UK NHS. Yes there are problems some not as bad as others though. It is time England went it’s own way and became independent that way the rest of us would get some respite from the ills that having England as a partner(ruler) causes too much power lies with the one country of the UK, that brings us back to the spin of England’s ill becoming all of the UK’s ills.

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