Part of Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 21 November 2012.

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Photo of Ed Miliband Ed Miliband Leader of HM Official Opposition, Leader of the Labour Party 11:30, 21 November 2012

First of all, there are 7,000 fewer nurses in the NHS than when the Prime Minister came to power, according to the figures published this morning. I asked him a specific question about the promise made a year ago by the then Health Secretary—the Prime Minister sacked him and he is now the Leader of the House—that there would be no rationing on the grounds of cost alone, but the president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists said recently—[ Interruption. ] Government Members should listen, because he said that

PCTs are not following government guidelines.”

Half of health commissioners are restricting access to cataract surgery. [ Interruption. ] I do not think that the Prime Minister should ask the former Health Secretary for help, because he got rid of him from the post. Can the Prime Minister tell me why, for the first time in six years, the number of cataract operations actually fell last year?