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Thursday 17th May 2012 | 14:32
Labour press release
Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, in response to the publication of new NHS figures this morning showing a 39 per cent increase in the number of patients who waited over 18 weeks for treatment, said:
“This worrying increase in the number of patients who waited longer than 18 weeks for treatment is another sign of an NHS slipping backwards.
“The Prime Minister’s boasts about waiting times at yesterday’s PMQs will ring more than a little hollow to the 28,702 patients who, when treated in March this year, had waited longer than 18 weeks.
“Patients are suffering the direct consequences of David Cameron’s mismanagement of the NHS. Labour left NHS waiting times at a record low and, on Cameron’s watch, the NHS is heading back to the bad old days with patients left waiting months on end for treatment in pain and discomfort.
“For a Prime Minister who pledged to keep waiting times low, these figures are a sure sign of his incompetence. His claims in the House of Commons simply don’t match the reality of people’s experience on the ground. He should stop sacking nurses and start delivering on his promises.”