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Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th March 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health 12:00 am, 20th March 2018

This Government are moving into their eighth year, not their fifth year, and yet, after eight years, life expectancy is going backwards in the poorest parts of the country and infant mortality is rising. New research shows that, in the first 49 days of 2018, an additional person died every seven minutes. That is shameful. Is it not time that we had a full national inquiry into widening health inequalities? In the 70th year of the NHS, will this Government now bring an end to the underfunding, cuts, austerity and privatisation of our health services?