The prime minister’s intervention coincided with eight more hospitals declaring they had undergone a major or significant incident, taking the total reported so far this winter to 15, as the early stages of the election campaign headed into territory traditionally favourable to Labour.
The prime minister insisted that the dramatic spike in A&E arrivals over the festive period represented “a short-term pressure issue” and criticised warnings of imminent meltdown in the NHS as scaremongering and irresponsible.
Health experts said the problems were caused by intense demand, a loss in confidence in GP availability – particularly by the young – and increasing hospital referrals by telephone-based 111 services, as well as patients’ failure to tolerate minor ailments.
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