Boris Johnson is not fit for office and “mired in deceit and deception,” according to Labour’s leader.
Sir Keir Starmer made a speech at the Fabian Society in London on Saturday morning.
The focus of the speech is health, but he used it to criticise the embattled Prime Minister.
The opposition leader said Boris Johnson is “not fit for office”.
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“We all need the security of knowing that the NHS is there for us when we need it. That will be what my contract will offer and I can’t stress how badly it is needed. Rather than concentrating on getting through the pandemic and bringing down waiting lists, this self indulgent Tory Party is having a fight about a leader who they should have known from the start is not fit for office.
“Boris Johnson is too preoccupied defending his rule breaking and as day follows night, when it comes to the National Health Service, you could never trust the Tories on the NHS. We are witnessing every day, the broken spectacle of a Prime Minister mired in deceit and deception and unable to lead. But whilst the Tories bicker and fight each other on WhatsApp, I want to look to the future because the NHS faces new challenges.”
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The speech was setting out Labour’s “contract for better health” to provide people with the “security, prosperity and respect they deserve”.
He said the system needs to be more about the patient and improve resilience.
He said that the “mess” of the health service wasn’t just about the pandemic but has been neglected for years.
December was the worst month on record for A&E waiting times in England. Figures showed 38.8% of people arriving at major casualty departments had to wait more than four hours to be seen, when the target is 5%.
It is an increase on November’s figure of 38.1% – itself a record. The figure for December 2020 was 28%.
In Wales, where health is devolved and Labour run Welsh Government, there are also record numbers of people waiting for care. Figures in December showed there were 679,626 people waiting for non-urgent NHS care in October, a rise from the 668,801 recorded in September and way up on the 456,809 seen just before the pandemic hit.
Nearly a third (242,101) of people currently on an NHS Wales waiting list have been on it for nine months or more, up from 240,306 the month before. In comparison there were only 28,294 waiting this long in March 2020.
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