Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

May slams Corbyn over 'too weak to sack Hunt' claims

May slams Corbyn over 'too weak to sack Hunt' claims

One senior Conservative MP said: "If this was meant to show she has the power to reshuffle her Cabinet, it has shown the complete opposite". They should be demoting this Health Secretary.

Jeremy Corbyn has attacked Prime Minister Theresa May for leading what he's described as a crisis in the NHS and said she was "too weak" to sack the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

Mrs May also sidestepped questions on long-term funding as she faced Andrew Marr, who said he would not be interviewing her if he had experienced the same delays following his stroke as others have encountered.

Ms Greening said on "I'll continue to do everything I can to create a country that has equality of opportunity for young people & I'll keep working hard as MP for Putney".

He said: "When the United Kingdom is in the bottom third of countries for heart attack deaths, when we have significantly worse survival for stroke than France and Germany, and when our closest match for cancer survival is Chile and Poland, is it not time to act on calls from across this House - and backed this week by the Centre for Policy Studies - to establish a royal commission on health and social care, in this, the 70th anniversary year of our most cherished national institution?"

Local councils are now responsible for care while health services are provided by the NHS, but politicians from all parties as well as health managers have been calling for a "joined up" service in which they work closely together.

"It seems that was his intention, and he didn't feel leaving during the winter pressures on the NHS in particular was the right thing".

Mrs May said the Government is working on its long-term plans for social care but would not be drawn on whether there is a need for a courageous and radical look at how the NHS is funded.

Mr Corbyn said it was the actions of the Government that was "pushing our NHS into crisis".

Mr Hunt was previously expected to move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, replacing Business Secretary Greg Clark.

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said of the PM: "She hasn't got a plan to get those people off the trolleys and corridors".

"It's meant to be about the Prime Minister asserting her power, but it's served to underline her weakness".

"It's about making sure we're making a change now and doing that integration now, because that's when it's going to make a difference to people".

Many years of meager funding are taking their toll.

"She told the house the NHS was better prepared for winter than ever before, so what words of comfort does the prime minister have to the 17,000 patients waiting in the back of ambulances in the last week of December".

But the reshuffle was described as a shambles by some Westminster insiders after former Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was announced as the new Conservative Party chair - only for the decision to be reversed, with immigration minister Brandon Lewis getting the job instead.

That job went to Mr Lewis, who with his deputy Mr Cleverly, will head a team of party vice-chairs created to bring on new talent and show a fresher more diverse face to the Tories.

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