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Biggest disruption to patient safety we have ever seen

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the news that Pharmacists are struggling to obtain many common medicines and that uncertainty over Brexit will only make it worse, said “It’s astonishing that there remains so much uncertainty for patients more than two and a half years after the Brexit vote. This could be the biggest disruption to patient safety we have ever seen.

“Not only do we have a shortage of drugs, the Government is also proposing emergency legislation that means patients might not get access to the medicines their GPs prescribe.

“The Prime Minister should do the responsible thing and rule out a no deal Brexit which will do so much damage to the NHS and patients.”

NHS financial sustainability

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to the NAO’s report on NHS financial sustainability.

“The Tories have spent nine years running down the NHS, imposing the biggest cash squeeze in its history, with swingeing cuts to public health services and the slashing of social care services.

“Today we have yet another report warning us that money isn’t being spent in the right way, with ministers robbing Peter to pay Paul by moving money designated for longer-term investment into day-to-day spending. Waiting times continue to slip, cash injections haven’t improved the financial performance of trusts and even the Government’s long awaited vision for the NHS failed to address the workforce, which this report again highlights as being a huge issue.”