UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of being “in denial” over the ongoing crisis gripping the country’s National Health Service (NHS).
During this week’s Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons on Wednesday, May and the opposition leader clashed on a variety of issues, but it was the NHS that took the center stage.
The debate reached its peak when Corbyn pointed out the widespread problems within the NHS and referred to a warning by the Red Cross that the UK healthcare system was facing a “humanitarian crisis”
May said in response that while “there have been a small number of incidents where unacceptable practices have taken place,” the claim that NHS is spiraling into crisis is “irresponsible and overblown.”
"We have all seen humanitarian crises around the world and to use that description of an NHS system, which last years saw two and a half million more people in accident and emergency than six years ago is 'irresponsible and overblown',” she fumed.
“The Government has put extra funding into the health service ... 2,500 more people are treated within four hours every day in the National Health Service - that's because of the Government putting in extra funding and the hard work of medical professionals,” she added.
Corbyn did not accept the premier’s response and said she was in “denial” and out of touch about the real extent of the problem.
For example, Corbyn said that a 89-percent rise in people with mental health issues going to A&E showed that social care lacked proper funding.
“May said she wanted a shared society. She has got that. More people sharing hospital corridors on trolleys, and more people sharing A&E departments. May is in denial. The NHS is in crisis,” he charged.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens questioned May’s claim that her government was channeling more cash to NHS than requested was undermined.
“It does not help anybody to pretend there aren't finance gaps,” he told the Commons Public Accounts Committee.
Earlier this week, figures released by Steven’s office showed that record numbers of people had to wait at accidents and emergency centers to receive services, with over 18,000 people were left on trolleys more than four hours last week.