Theresa May, cornered during today’s PMQs by Jeremy Corbyn over the Tories’ NHS catastrophe, chose her usual, invalid escape route of pointing fingers at the NHS in Wales, where Labour is ‘in charge’.
This is true as far as it goes, but ignores the fact that the Welsh government has to deal with the Tories’ decisions on overall Welsh funding – and that despite Tory cuts, the Welsh NHS has received far higher funding increases than its English counterpart.
But May also misled Parliament over A&E waiting times in the two countries, telling MPS:
If [Corbyn] wants to talk about figures and about targets being missed, yes, the latest figures show that in England 497 people were waiting more than 12 hours.
But the latest figures also show that under the Labour government in Wales, 3,741 people were waiting more than 12 hours.
But the health services in the two countries measure two completely different things, so May’s comparison was meaningless.
The English NHS only measures numbers of patients waiting more than twelve hours in A&E between the time a decision is made to admit them and the time they’re actually admitted.
But the Welsh NHS takes into account the total time the patient waits – from their arrival in A&E.
And – self-evidently – more patients wait longer measured from their arrival than they do from the decision to admit, which may take place after they’ve already waited hours after arriving.
Theresa May used a false and entirely meaningless comparison in PMQs to point fingers and try to wriggle out of the Tories’ guilt over an NHS crisis that, as Jeremy Corbyn told her, has already killed or significantly harmed as many as eighty people – just because of excessive ambulance waits.
If she used it in ignorance, she displayed her incompetence – again. If she used it deliberately, she displayed her dishonesty – again.
In either case, she displayed her fundamental untrustworthiness and unfitness for her position.
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