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Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has called on the government to hold an “urgent” summit to address the growing pressures facing the healthcare system this winter.
The government has announced that an extra £300m will be redirected to measures designed to help the NHS cope with winter pressures, including boosting staff numbers and services, particularly at weekends.
The growing financial stress on the NHS is “not sustainable”, with the government forced to plough more than half a billion pounds of emergency cash into struggling health trusts last year, auditors have warned.
A Labour government would use pay restraint and make “difficult choices” about the wages of NHS frontline staff if the party wins the election next year, Andy Burnham has said.
A “challenging winter” has been forecast for the NHS in England, as a leading health think-tank’s latest quarterly report found evidence of “worrying” declines in levels of morale among staff.
The number of hospitals failing to meet cancer waiting time targets has trebled in just one year, Labour has warned.
Labour is accusing David Cameron of misleading the public over his plans to privatise the NHS in England and call for contracts putting the service “up for sale” to be frozen until after the general election.
Health unions, regulators and other nursing organisations have largely welcomed the publication of safe staffing advice for nursing care on adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.
Nearly 4,000 managers have been rehired by health service organisations since being made redundant during the government’s NHS re-organisation, according to latest figures.
The NHS is a “demoralised, degraded and confused” health service two years into a government re-organisation, shadow health minister Andy Burnham has claimed.