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Jonathan Ashworth responds to NHS Providers report

The NHS Providers report ‘The state of the NHS provider sector’ published today (Tuesday) warns that a failure to present the public with the true scale of the challenges facing the NHS risks putting public faith in the health service ‘on the line’. It follows a survey showing that the overwhelming majority (91 per cent) of trust leaders do not feel there has been enough public debate about the challenges and opportunities facing the NHS and its long term future.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the NHS Providers report, said “It’s a damning indictment when NHS leaders running hospitals don’t feel their trusts are properly resourced with enough staff and investment to meet the huge demand they are facing and provide the safe care patients deserve.

“It’s no surprise, when the Tories have spent nine years running down the NHS, imposing the tightest funding squeeze in history alongside swingeing cuts to public health services and social care slashed by £7 billion since 2010. Even the PMs recent overspun claims of more funding and new hospitals quickly unravelled, showing you can’t trust the Tories with our NHS.

“As Johnson’s own top spin doctor admits, the Tories simply don’t care about our NHS.”