Jeremy Corbyn brands Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle 'pointless and lacklustre PR exercise'

Jeremy Corbyn brands Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle 'pointless and lacklustre PR exercise'

The leader of the opposition reminded May that before Christmas he had discussed the 12,000 people that had waited in ambulances over 30 minutes before being attended at A & E. "Is it that nothing is ideal, by any chance?"

As the NHS dominated the pair's exchanges at question-time, Mr Corbyn cited reports that nurses were "spending their entire shift treating people in auto parks" due to backed-up ambulances.

In an opposition day motion on the NHS crisis, the shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth praised the hard work of NHS staff in the House of Commons and pressed the Health Secretary on "a winter crisis even worse than past year". It is regularly under pressure at winter times.

"But it is, indeed, the case that the NHS was better prepared than ever before", she said.

"And if the NHS is so well-resourced and so well-prepared, why was a decision taken last week to cancel the operations of 55,000 patients during the month of January?"

She said: "We will make sure those operations are reinstated as soon as possible".

He said: "We're not only seeing growing problems across the NHS; the cost of travel is going up; our social security system is being dismantled; our housing crisis has been cruelly exposed by the bad Grenfell Fire, and by the Conservatives in Windsor who want to sweep rough sleepers from the streets; and the Government's threat to jobs and living standards from its chaotic Brexit negotiations".

The Labour leader accused the Prime Minister of being "too weak" to sack Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has been a lightning rod for criticism in his more than five years in the role.

Mr Corbyn raised the case of an 82-year-old woman who spent 13 hours on a trolley in a corridor, noting she arrived at hospital three hours after first dialling 999.

"Under this Government, Virgin Care got £200m worth of contracts in the last year alone - 50 per cent up on the year before", Mr Corbyn told Mrs May.

"The reality in our NHS is that we are seeing 2.9 million more people now going to accident and emergency, over 2 million more operations taking place each year".

"We need to learn the lessons from these incidents", she responded.

The prime minister accused Labour of having no "answers" to the NHS and claimed that the Labour government in Wales had slashed funding and missed targets. But Corbyn shot back by saying it was the central Government who was responsible for allocating funds to the Principality.

THERESA May will be relieved, after a shambolic start to 2018, that she was thrown a political lifeline at Prime Minister's Questions by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the man who wants to run the country.

"Tax cuts for the super-rich and big business are paid for by longer waiting lists, ambulance delays, staff shortages and cuts to social care".

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