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Jon Ashworth

Shadow health and social care secretary and Labour MP for Leicester South

Jon Ashworth is the shadow health secretary and Labour MP for Leicester South

Theresa May's Torrid Week Must Not Drown Out Dire NHS Warnings

For there can be no doubt: our health service is in crisis. Waiting lists for treatments have surpassed four million for the first time in a decade, thousands are waiting too long for cancer check-ups and millions are waiting too long in A&E.
09/11/2017 07:57 GMT

We Cannot Ignore The Crisis Of Loneliness Any Longer

Someone who knew this better than most was Jo Cox. She knew loneliness affect us all. In her own words: "young or old, loneliness doesn't discriminate." So I was honoured to speak at a meeting organised in her name as part of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission this week.
14/10/2017 14:30 BST

The Government's Approach To NHS Pay Is Chaotic, Unstable And Unsustainable

The Government's approach is chaotic, unstable, and totally unsustainable. If they can find a £1billion for the votes of the DUP then they ought to find the money needed to properly staff the NHS as well. This isn't just about doing what's right for the brilliant staff who are working so hard to keep the service going. It's about doing what's right for patients too. Every day that goes by more and more talented and hardworking people are leaving NHS professions because of the neglect of this Government.
06/09/2017 07:44 BST

Our Children's Health Must Be Our National Priority

It was Nelson Mandela who told us: "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." If that great man was right, then our country is in a great deal of difficulty. The state of children's health in the UK, and in England in particular, should be a matter for profound concern and concerted action. Sadly under Theresa May's government is isn't.
17/07/2017 08:12 BST

Labour Is Forcing A Commons Vote To End Health Workers' Misery

The Government has created a workforce crisis in the NHS which is causing financial chaos for hospitals and causing misery for patients. We are 10,000 GPs, 3,500 midwives and now 40,000 nurses short of the number we need. Nurses are being forced to use foodbanks to make ends meet and NHS Providers say that staff are quitting the NHS to stack shelves instead. The Health Secretary says he has sympathy for underpaid health staff but sympathy won't put food on the table.
27/06/2017 17:37 BST

For A Labour Party In Government, Nurses Will Be At The Heart Of Our NHS

This Friday 12 May is Nurses' Day, marking the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. It's a time to pay tribute to the UK's 700,000 brilliant nurses and the role they play in keeping all of us safe and well cared for during our times of need.
12/05/2017 11:30 BST

Theresa May Has Failed Patients On A Record Scale - Only Labour Can Restore Our Health Service To Its World Class Status

The latest fiasco in Theresa May's shocking mishandling of our NHS has been revealed. Leaked documents show that the number of people waiting more than four months for non-emergency surgery could double to a record peak of 5.5million by 2019. That's the equivalent of nearly one in ten people in England being stuck on waiting lists for treatments on our NHS. It's a disgraceful illustration of the Tories' complete failure to put patients first.
04/05/2017 16:11 BST

Time To Give The NHS The Money It Needs To Finally Ensure Parity Of Esteem For Mental Health

<img alt="bmm banner.jpg" src="" width="300" height="35" /> The NHS is going through its biggest financial squeeze in its history with spending per head set to fall in 2018. This week Philip Hammond has an opportunity to change that funding trajectory and start giving the NHS the funding it really needs. There is widespread speculation that the Chancellor may find a small amount of extra funding for adult social care. However as welcome as that would be, the real test for his Autumn Statement will be whether it delivers the investment promised to fully fund the NHS. Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and overstretched. It's time to give the NHS the money it needs including finally ensuring parity of esteem for mental health services.
21/11/2016 01:49 GMT

The NHS - Labour's Greatest Achievement

We cannot continue to allow decisions about future funding of health and care to be put in the 'too difficult to deal with' pile. It is incumbent on our generation of Labour politicians to have an honest debate and come up with the solutions that will protect the NHS for our children and for our children's children. And it's a debate I want to lead.
19/10/2016 17:36 BST

The EU Has Done More for Social Justice Than Any Tory Government Ever Has

Iain Duncan Smith's line in his Brexit speech today was that the European Union is a 'force for social injustice'. This might be a nice soundbite but it could not be more wrong... Iain Duncan Smith may present himself as an authority on social justice but his record in Government tells us otherwise.
10/05/2016 17:43 BST