Miliband 'dying' for A&E crisis

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: David Cameron has told the Commons that the Government met A&E targets during the winter months David Cameron has told the Commons that the Government met A&E targets during the winter months

David Cameron has claimed Ed Miliband had been "dying" for a winter A&E crisis that did not happen.

The Prime Minister told the Commons that accident and emergency targets had been met during the winter months, adding "a strong NHS" coped during the period.

Mr Cameron also claimed the Labour leader had been silent on the issue at Prime Minister's Questions since November, despite predicting a crisis.

The PM was challenged to explain what he planned to do about thousands of ambulances waiting in queues outside A&E for at least 30 minutes.

He replied to Labour's Mark Hendrick (Preston) during PMQ's: "What we are doing about it is making sure that the £12.7 billion extra we are putting into the NHS - unlike the Labour NHS cut in Wales - is going to good use and we can actually see in our NHS we have 1.2 million more people attending accident and emergency.

"And over this winter period we met our targets for accident and emergency.

"I remember the last time the Labour leader raised our hospitals at Prime Minister's Questions - it was back in November. He hasn't had a word to say about it since.

"He predicted a winter crisis, he sat there day after day dying for it to happen. It didn't happen because we've got a strong NHS with more doctors, more nurses serving our country."

Mr Hendrick had told the PM: "50,499 ambulances have been waiting in queues for at least half an hour at accident and emergency units up and down the country. What are you going to do about it?"

A senior Labour source said Mr Cameron was "in denial" about the state of the health service.

The source said: "I was quite surprised by the Prime Minister's remarks on the NHS.

"We have an NHS where one million are waiting more than four hours in A&E to be seen, where a quarter of walk-in centres have closed since 2010 and a quarter of patients can't get to see their GPs in 48 hours.

"I would describe that as a Prime Minister being in denial about the direction of the NHS under this Government."

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4:33pm Wed 14 May 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

It was not the crisis but the winter that never came.
It was not the crisis but the winter that never came. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 3

5:05pm Wed 14 May 14

runwellian says...

Both a couple of plonkers looking to privatise a service that belongs to that nation!
Roll on the next election!
Both a couple of plonkers looking to privatise a service that belongs to that nation! Roll on the next election! runwellian
  • Score: 0

5:16pm Wed 14 May 14

pdb951 says...

Isn't it strange how all the Labourites cant cope with the positives of anything the government do. That is what is seriously wrong with this country. The party of useless sh*t stirrers led by muppet Milliband
Isn't it strange how all the Labourites cant cope with the positives of anything the government do. That is what is seriously wrong with this country. The party of useless sh*t stirrers led by muppet Milliband pdb951
  • Score: 7

5:30pm Wed 14 May 14

Jonn says...

pdb951 wrote:
Isn't it strange how all the Labourites cant cope with the positives of anything the government do. That is what is seriously wrong with this country. The party of useless sh*t stirrers led by muppet Milliband
It's not positives this Government do, it's bullsh!tting.
Remember no top down reorganisation of the NHS?
[quote][p][bold]pdb951[/bold] wrote: Isn't it strange how all the Labourites cant cope with the positives of anything the government do. That is what is seriously wrong with this country. The party of useless sh*t stirrers led by muppet Milliband[/p][/quote]It's not positives this Government do, it's bullsh!tting. Remember no top down reorganisation of the NHS? Jonn
  • Score: 3

5:37pm Wed 14 May 14

Mod says...

When you have the likes of the Mid Staffs debacle on your record, you really shouldn't be making too much noise about the current situation within the NHS.
When you have the likes of the Mid Staffs debacle on your record, you really shouldn't be making too much noise about the current situation within the NHS. Mod
  • Score: 6

7:21pm Wed 14 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Mild winter, mild hopes, over exuberant ambitions by selfish pompous tellers of mistruths.
They both do not know their backsides from their elbows similar to nearly every other in civil and public servant. Clegg is just as bad, or even worse !
They all think they hold the key to the halcyon of the Holy Grail, of political ideals.
They will tell you what you want to hear nothing more nothing less. The status quo will be maintained at the expense of selling all the family silver leaving nothing for the futures of the young.
Its the blind leading the blind but the former is deaf and the latter is dumb !
Lies are covered up with ideals being made reality, in a plausibly deniable way and method. This has been the American system for years. A series of boom and busts is the way in which the money markets and corporations control you.
Lack of health care is they way they will try to kill you slowly and covertly.
Mild winter, mild hopes, over exuberant ambitions by selfish pompous tellers of mistruths. They both do not know their backsides from their elbows similar to nearly every other in civil and public servant. Clegg is just as bad, or even worse ! They all think they hold the key to the halcyon of the Holy Grail, of political ideals. They will tell you what you want to hear nothing more nothing less. The status quo will be maintained at the expense of selling all the family silver leaving nothing for the futures of the young. Its the blind leading the blind but the former is deaf and the latter is dumb ! Lies are covered up with ideals being made reality, in a plausibly deniable way and method. This has been the American system for years. A series of boom and busts is the way in which the money markets and corporations control you. Lack of health care is they way they will try to kill you slowly and covertly. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 3

9:36pm Wed 14 May 14

Crossbenchtory says...

If Mr Milliband is wanting a crisis in the NHS to bang on about he should come to Wales, we have plenty of them:

Ambulance targets - consistently missed

Diagnosis targets - consistently missed

Treatment targets - consistently missed

Hospital mortality rates - consistently worryingly high

In fact the Welsh NHS is one big crisis and it's run by ... oh, that's right, it's run by Labour ...
If Mr Milliband is wanting a crisis in the NHS to bang on about he should come to Wales, we have plenty of them: Ambulance targets - consistently missed Diagnosis targets - consistently missed Treatment targets - consistently missed Hospital mortality rates - consistently worryingly high In fact the Welsh NHS is one big crisis and it's run by ... oh, that's right, it's run by Labour ... Crossbenchtory
  • Score: -1

3:29pm Thu 15 May 14

RealLivin says...

How much of this 12.7 Billion will reach nurses and doctors who actually do the job, I suspect most of it will line the chief administrator and other bosses pockets while more and more nusres and doctors leave due to bad pay and conditions. Unfortunately caring costs money and these administrators are more interested in the money than the caring. Efficiency is not about how much money is spent or not spent, but about how much you get done right with what you spend. The NHS will never be efficient while Administrators get more pay than Nurses and Doctors

Note that is doctors not private consultants who work out of hospitals
How much of this 12.7 Billion will reach nurses and doctors who actually do the job, I suspect most of it will line the chief administrator and other bosses pockets while more and more nusres and doctors leave due to bad pay and conditions. Unfortunately caring costs money and these administrators are more interested in the money than the caring. Efficiency is not about how much money is spent or not spent, but about how much you get done right with what you spend. The NHS will never be efficient while Administrators get more pay than Nurses and Doctors Note that is doctors not private consultants who work out of hospitals RealLivin
  • Score: 1
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