Jeremy Corbyn DEMANDS Theresa May comes to Parliament to explain NHS ‘humanitarian...

Jeremy Corbyn DEMANDS Theresa May comes to Parliament to explain NHS ‘humanitarian crisis’

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The Labour leader today savaged the Prime Minister for failing to tackle what the British Red Cross has proclaimed a “humanitarian crisis”.Dubbing it a “national scandal”, the Islington North MP called on Mrs May to take responsibility and demanded she outline steps on how to fix the crisis immediately.
Mr Corbyn’s warning comes after the emergency response charity was brought in to help free up beds at overstretched hospitals in what the charity called a “humanitarian crisis”.Red Cross Land Rovers have been spotted ferrying hundreds of patients home following reports of deaths in A&E and patients left waiting on trolleys in hospital corridors.

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Some patients were left waiting on trolleys in hospital corridors

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The Red Cross has even been drafted in to help

Speaking on Saturday afternoon, Jeremy Corbyn said: “The crisis in our NHS is unprecedented. People are lying on trolleys in corridors waiting to be seen.“Hospitals have had to close their doors, unable to admit patients. The health service is at breaking point.

“But this crisis is not due to an outbreak of disease. It is a crisis made in Downing Street by this government – a crisis we warned them about.

“The Red Cross yesterday announced it is providing humanitarian assistance to NHS trusts that simply do not have the resources to cope.

“This is a national scandal – and Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt have to take both responsibility and urgent action to tackle it.”

But so far neither Mr Hunt nor Mrs May have commented on the crisis, with the Health Secretary accused of “hiding” from the situation.Even the Department for Health has been revealed to be referring enquires to NHS England.

While figures show overstretched A&E departments have been forced to shut their doors to patients more than 140 times in December.

And a third of NHS trusts in England have issued alerts that they are overstretched, according to the Nuffield Trust.

Mr Corbyn went on to say: “The fact is this government have repeatedly failed to put the necessary resources into our health service, while they have cut social care and wasted billions on a top-down reorganisation to accelerate privatisation.“And despite finding billions of tax giveaways for big business and the richest, Theresa May’s Conservatives failed to find a single penny for the NHS in their autumn statement.

“Our NHS cannot survive if this government does not change course. Labour is calling on the government to cancel their tax breaks for the wealthiest and fund our NHS instead.

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Mr Corbyn called the crisis a ‘national scandal’

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The government has been trying to establish a seven day NHS

“The people of this country need an explanation for the state of emergency in our hospitals, and an account of what action will be taken to end it.“The only person who can do that is the Prime Minister. So I am demanding that the Prime Minister comes to the House of Commons on Monday and sets out to the British people how she plans to fix her failure on the NHS.”

Several hospitals have even issued pleas on Twitter urging people to stay away from A&E unless they have a genuine emergency.

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Jeremy Corbyn demanded Theresa may attend Parliament debate on the NHS

These include hospitals in Mid Essex, Ipswich, North Cumbria, Kingston, Bristol, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.However NHS England has denied the service is facing a humanitarian crisis.

Keith Willett, the director of acute care at the health service body, said that “on the international scale of a humanitarian crisis, I do not think the NHS is at that point”.

Parliament will return from its Christmas recess on Monday for the first sitting of 2017.

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