The Tories like to claim that they’re protecting the NHS and increasing its funding. They lie – in spite of being regularly rebuked by the UKSA (UK Statistics Authority) for doing so. The lie has been definitively exposed today by a revelation about the English NHS’ performance against ‘key targets’.
‘Shocking’ doesn’t even come close.
The latest data portray the near-collapse of the NHS – especially in England – under the weight of underfunding and unremedied staff shortages combined with completely-predictable demand.
Performance against key targets, in cancer care, Accident and Emergency and planned operations, in 2012/13 was eighty-six percent – which was already seriously short of the 95% target. Four years later in 2016/17, the most recent complete performance year – it had fallen to zero percent:
Performance in Scotland – where the devolved administration has to live with the Tories’ overall funding cuts but makes its own decisions about how to apply them – was slightly better, but still massively down:
You can only scrape thin butter over so much bread, clearly – and the fact we have approaching six million fewer NHS bed-spaces now than we did under the last Labour government is just one way in which it’s clear that the current situation is planned by a party that hates the NHS and can barely maintain its charade.
If the above figures look bad enough, things are about to get much worse. As a Kings Fund representative told BBC News today, we are not yet in winter – and this should be a period in which the NHS builds resources in readiness for the massive winter increase in demand that we see every year.
There is evidently no ‘building of resources’ going on in our cash- and resource-starved NHS that is attempting to cope with the collapse of social care and GP services, which are piling even more people into hospitals.
The Tories are killing the NHS while claiming to protect it.
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