PM cannot ‘bury head in sand’ over NHS, says BMA

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The BMA has said the Prime Minister cannot continue to ‘bury her head in the sand’ following claims by the British Red Cross of a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the NHS.

Both Theresa May and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have rejected comments last week from Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, in which he labelled the current situation in A&E a ‘humanitarian crisis’.

Speaking after a lecture on Monday at the Charity Commission, Mrs May claimed that the current situation was ‘not unusual’. She said: ‘Obviously, we recognize the pressures that the NHS has been under, over the winter. This is not unusual. There are always extra pressures for the NHS over the winter period. But if you look at what has happened in terms of funding for the NHS, of course, we have put that extra funding into the NHS.’

Mr Hunt told Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I don’t want to pretend that we haven’t, at this most difficult time of year for the NHS, had some very serious problems in some hospitals. But I think we need to listen to independent people....