Stop blaming waiting list failure on doctors, BMA tells Sunak

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Published: Thursday 13 June 2024
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Responding to today's NHSE waiting list numbers showing an increase of almost 40,000 in April, Professor Phil Banfield, BMA chair of council, said:

“A day after the Prime Minister yet again attempted to blame NHS strikes for his inability to make a dent in waiting lists in England, we see more evidence that those waiting lists continued to increase in months with no strikes. He cannot continue to hide behind this excuse.

“Nor can he shy away from the stark fact that elective waiting lists had already increased by over 5 million during 13 years of this government before strikes began.

“Clearly it isn’t doctors to blame for the waiting list, but this Government’s poor stewardship of the NHS. If the Prime Minister wanted to convince voters he can do better, he can start by addressing retention of the NHS staff he needs to deliver on his promises.

“That begins with a commitment to pay restoration, a commitment he can make right now.”

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