NHS Winter Crisis

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:08 pm on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health 1:08 pm, 10th January 2018

Let me finish the point.

How about my constituent Mr Geoff Brooker, who was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder? He has had his planned operation cancelled twice this winter. When Mr Brooker was asked about the Secretary of State’s apology, he said:

“He may have apologised for postponements but it was as if he was apologising for the cancellation of a jumble sale.”

My constituent went on to say that Ministers were “uncaring” and he blamed “poor planning”. He added:

“If operations like mine are postponed then it’s likely it will cause deaths. The decision could even be the death of me”.

There we have it: cancer patients having operations cancelled and trusts looking at delaying chemotherapy, yet these Ministers sit there with their NHS badges on their lapels. They should be ashamed of what is happening in the NHS today.