NHS Winter Crisis

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:42 pm on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 1:42 pm, 10th January 2018

I will make some progress before giving way again.

Let us look closely at what the hon. Member for Leicester South has said. He used a lot of hyperbole today. He says the Government are sleepwalking into winter. This, of course, has been directly contradicted by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of NHS England, who has said:

“I think it’s the one”— winter—

“that we’re best prepared for…This year we started preparing” a year earlier. He continued:

“We have…a good plan.”

Chris Hopson of NHS Providers, who regularly criticises the Government when he disagrees with us, has said:

“This time preparations have never been more thorough.”