Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on NHS statistics published today, said:
“Today’s figures suggest a growing and alarming backlog of clinical need with patients waiting longer for operations or diagnostic tests. GP referrals are down and patients are avoiding A&E and calling out ambulances.
“We support the lockdown to suppress this horrific virus but the far-reaching consequences for wider health outcomes must not be ignored.
“Resetting the NHS to continue treating Covid and non-Covid patients is a huge priority. We’re calling on ministers to urgently come forward with a resourced plan to ensure every patient receives the care they need.”