PMQs summary (8th May, 2019)
Today in PMQs, the initial debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn was relatively brief and focused entirely on the NHS.
Jeremy Corbyn alleged that, under the Conservatives, the NHS has faced decline according to many measures.
For example, he said that roughly a third of women with ovarian cancer only found out about their disease after visiting the GP three times.
Corbyn attributed this to a lack of GPs and cited the further statistic that one in every ten GPs sees more than twice as many patients than is safe – adding also that there are 100,000 NHS vacancies at present due to a poor handling of Brexit.
All of this, he said, was the product of neglectful Conservative policies and the government’s lack of funding despite the new cash boost that the prime minister promised.
Putting this into numbers, he said that the Labour government invested, on average, six per cent per year, as opposed to the Conservatives whose investment amounted to only 1.5 per cent.
The prime minister’s response to all of this was that Labour voted down spending increases on the NHS and that the government is serious about hitting NHS targets – something she says is reflected in record numbers employed in the NHS, renewed efforts on achieving early diagnoses and extended opening hours for GPs.
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