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Government are misusing statistics to play down the winter crisis

Following a series of misleading statements in public fora, it appears that Theresa May's government are misusing official statistics in order to play down the NHS winter crisis. This includes:

  • Theresa May comparing the NHS in England and in Wales by using incompatible statistics which favoured England, when in fact Wales had the more favourable results.
  • Health Minister Philip Dunne selectively citing bed occupancy levels on Christmas Eve, which was the only day in December that levels were within the 'safe zone'.
  • Citing figures for A&E attendances and admissions that were recorded differently from previous years, potentially massaging unfavourable figures.

Dr Alex Ashman, NHA Party co-leader, said:

"May and Hunt are desperate to claim that this year's NHS winter figures are not indicative of a crisis. Not happy with throwing stones at a Labour government that has been out of power for nearly 8 years, the Tories are massaging the figures in order to play down the true magnitude of events. It is time for them to admit that they have underfunded and mismanaged the health service, and to take urgent steps to safeguard patients from further harm."

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The National Health Action Party is calling for a mass whistleblowing on Twitter this Sunday at 8pm.

Notes:
The National Health Action (NHA) Party was founded in 2012 to oppose the growing marketisation of the NHS. The NHA Party stood against Jeremy Hunt in his SW Surrey constituency in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, taking 12,093 votes in the latter: a 7.8% swing to NHA.

Dr Ashman is a surgical registrar who joined the NHA in 2012 having seen first hand the effects of marketisation and privatisation on the NHS. He has been on the NHA national executive committee since 2013. He was elected to one of the party co-leader roles in December 2016.

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