The NHS was in excellent shape when Labour left office in 2010; now it isn’t. For this the coalition must take some of the blame
When the newspapers are singing from the same hymn sheet you know something
really significant has occurred. And so it is on the NHS, with all of the big
papers leading today on yesterday’s disastrous A&E waiting time figures –
the worst for a decade.
Predictably, the Conservatives refuse to accept that their reforms and
cuts have anything to do with the sharp fall in the performance of the NHS.
And important it is to recognise that this is a sharp fall. Compare for
instance, the above image with the following news report from March 2011:
Quite a contrast, isn’t it?
And focusing on A&E specifically, there is good reason for the change in
perceptions: since 2010/11 the performance of the A&E service has