At Prime Minister’s Questions on 7 September 2022, Rachel Hopkins MP asked the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss MP, how the public can trust her to ‘deliver on the NHS’. 

People across the UK are waiting longer than ever before in pain and discomfort for NHS Services. Recent figures state that a record 6.7 million people are waiting for NHS treatment and thousands of patients waiting more than 12 hours to be admitted to Accident and Emergency departments. In her post-election speech as new Conservative Party Leader, Liz Truss MP identified delivering on the National Health Service as a priority.  

Rachel recognises that access to healthcare is a vital issue for people in Luton South. A majority of people who responded to Rachel’s Luton South Summer Survey faced delays when attending Accident and Emergency and found it difficult to access Dentist or GP appointments. 

The next Labour Government will build an NHS fit for the future and get patients seen on time. It will provide the NHS with the staff, equipment, and modern technology required, so the NHS is always there when we need it. 

In Prime Minister’s Questions, Rachel Hopkins MP said: 

“The new Prime Minister tells us she ‘will deliver on the NHS’ … because after 12 years of Conservatives driving our NHS into the ground, we have record waiting lists, people dying in ambulances outside A&E, and nurses using foodbanks.  

So, given the Prime Minister has served in the past three Conservative Governments, on that watch, can she explain why we should trust her to deliver?” 

The Prime Minister, Liz Truss MP, said in response: 

“I don’t agree with the way she is talking down our National Health Service. 

The fact is that our health service did brilliantly in tackling COVID, in delivering the vaccine rollout, and in getting this country back on its feet, but we do face challenges now, with the backlog following COVID, and this is why the new Health Secretary is going to work to address those challenges.“ 

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