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‘Sorry’ is not enough to fix NHS crisis, says NHA’s Dr Louise Irvine

Dr Louise Irvine, who stood against Jeremy Hunt last year in SW Surrey, has commented on national radio on the recent apologies made by Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May:

"People are unsafe now. There are people are lying in corridors. There are people who are seriously ill who are now at risk of dying. There is an increase in the dangers that they are facing. This is not something that is from the past this is happening now. All operations are essential ultimately. Nobody goes in for an operation just for fun. So, we’re talking about what we call elective or planned operations. That might be a hip replacement. It may be somebody who is in severe pain or has been severely disabled by arthritis in the hip. Their having to wait longer and longer for that necessary intervention is actually going to cause longer suffering.

"Sorry is not enough. Patients are really hurting. Staff are really hurting. This is a dreadful crisis but it is one that happens year on year, and each year worse than the year before. When I heard Jeremy Hunt say 'Sorry', it reminded me actually of some of my patients who have been subject to domestic violence where an abusive partner keeps hurting you and then keeps saying sorry. What are you supposed to do? Keep saying, oh that’s all right then? At what point do you have to stop accepting sorry and actually start saying you are responsible. You have to take that responsibility. You have actually failed. I actually think that Jeremy Hunt should resign."

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The National Health Action (NHA) Party was founded in 2012 to oppose the growing marketisation of the NHS. The NHA Party's Dr Louise Irvine 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.

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