Labour shadow health minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan said: “I’ve been an emergency doctor for 17 years and this is the worst I have ever seen our NHS, which is a sentiment shared by most of my colleagues.”
Asked a number of times on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme if providing more staff to the NHS should be accompanied by better standards for patients, Dr Allin-Khan said: “People are being treated in the most undignified of ways. Of course things need to be improved for patients.
“But that is currently at the hands of the Government and they are failing to do that… we have a Prime Minister that is missing in action.”
She added: “For Stephen Barclay and Rishi Sunak to blame the pandemic and the flu crisis on the issue, we actually had in January 2020, just one A&E across the country met the four-hour waiting target.”
Asked about using the private sector, Dr Allin-Khan said: “In my own brief in mental health we have use of the private sector, which ultimately often lets patients down.
“This is about putting patient care first. Labour have a plan to grow the workforce.”