Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “Today’s (Thursday 14 November) dire figures for the NHS in England on hospital waiting lists and the worst delays in A&E since 2004 are searing indictments of the Tories’ austerity programme since 2010.

“It is clear that in cash terms the NHS is in ‘intensive care’ and Boris Johnson’s claims to boost funding is an election mirage and can’t hide the Tories’ failure to sufficiently invest in the NHS.

“Labour, which founded the NHS in 1948, has a coherent plan to increase spending on the NHS and nurse it back to financial health.

“Dedicated NHS staff are being stretched to the limit because of the Tories’ failed stewardship of the NHS which remains the jewel in the crown of the UK’s welfare system.”


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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.