The comments made by Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on 9 September 2021.
The numbers of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks continues to grow and means more people left languishing in pain and distress for treatment.
This week Ministers unveiled a punishing tax rise on working people yet utterly failed to offer any credible plan, or answer basic questions about a time frame for bringing this record waits down.
The last Labour government had a detailed plan that brought waiting times down from 18 months to 18 weeks. It is a scandal that patients wait so long under the Tories.