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Thursday 19th April 2012 | 00:10
Labour Party Press Release
Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, in response to the Patients Association survey on elective surgery waiting times, said:
“This survey shows that the Prime Minister has not been straight with the public about waiting times in the NHS. After inheriting the lowest ever waiting times in 2010, it would now appear that the NHS has gone backwards for the second year in a row and that is clearly linked to his disastrous decision to reorganise the NHS at this time of financial challenge.
"David Cameron has made waiting times the central test of his stewardship of the NHS and, based on the emerging evidence, it is clear he is out of touch with the reality on the ground. He is failing patients and they are left waiting in pain and discomfort.
"With NHS hospitals given permission to treat more private patients, and the costs of reorganisation spiralling, this situation is only likely to get worse and we will hold the Prime Minister to account for it.”