Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the unravelling of the government’s hospitals announcement, said“Yet again a Boris Johnson health announcement has quickly unravelled as spin. This isn’t 40 new hospitals, it is just reconfiguring six.
“New investment is desperately needed and of course we welcome any genuine new money, but patients and demoralised NHS staff are fed up of being taken for fools like this.
“Is it really too much to ask Boris Johnson to simply tell the truth for a change?”
“You can’t trust Boris Johnson with the NHS. All his past promises on new cash have been exposed as a con and after years of Tory cuts, hospitals are crumbling, facing a £6 billion repair bill.
“What’s more our NHS is short of 100,000 staff. Only Labour has a costed plan to recruit the extra doctors and nurses our health service needs.
“Ministers must now explain if today’s announcement is for completely new projects or ones already planned, what that means for the rest of the NHS capital budget and outline whether existing hospitals or services will close as part of reconfigurations and over what timescale. Given Boris Johnson’s spin of previous health claims, patients and NHS staff will expect total honesty and clarity today.”