- May and Corbyn lock horns over the NHS.
- Corbyn tells the prime minister to save the under-pressure health service from “a death from a thousand cuts.”
- May says “the only answer he [Corbyn] ever comes up with the is the question of money,”
- Boris Johnson urged May to give more money to the NHS earlier this week.
LONDON – Jeremy Corbyn told Theresa May to “take action” and “save the NHS from a death from a thousand cuts” in another argument over the health service in this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions.
Picking up from where they left off last week, the prime minister and Labour leader went back and forth on the winter pressures facing the NHS in the same week that Boris Johnson urged May to give more money to the health service.
“Does the prime minister agree with the foreign secretary that the NHS needs an extra £5 billion a year?” Corbyn said.
The prime minister accepted that the NHS was under severe pressures but defended her government’s handling of the crisis.
“We’re backing the NHS with more funding, that’s why we’re ensuring they get the best treatments and survival rates for cancer are higher than they have ever been before,” she said.
“It’s why we’re ensuring we’re reducing waste in the NHS so taxpayers’ money is being spent as effectively as may be on patient care.”
She accused Corbyn of having no other “answer” for the NHS then giving it more money.
Like last week, the prime minister also took aim for the Labour government in Wales.
“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,” she said.
Corbyn pointed out that the Welsh government’s budget is decided by the Westminster government, and then went on the attack.
“GP numbers are down, nurses are leaving, the NHS is in crisis. Tory MPs may not like it, when is she going to take action and save the NHS from death from a thousand cuts?” he said to cheers from Labour MPs.
Watch May and Corbyn clash over the NHS:
“It needs money, it needs support, and it needs it now. The PM is frankly in denial about the state of the NHS” @jeremycorbyn
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) January 24, 2018
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