This issue highlights what I believe has been at the heart of all the recent talk about a Crisis in the NHS - staff discontent.
That was said at the end of 1971, yet if one reads the comments of some people it seems as though the Crisis in the NHS came along like a sudden cloud in the sky only as soon as we had a minority Labour Government in 1974.
The Sunday Times commemorated the success of Labour policies with a three-part series entitled "Crisis in the NHS".
There is a Crisis in the NHS and in social services.
Why are health authorities in Wales going through these consultation exercises on closure proposals if there is not a real financial Crisis in the NHS?
Those detailed plans have been quietly buried as the financial Crisis in the NHS, locally, regionally and nationally, has escalated.
Does the Leader of the House remember a fortnight ago, and again today, recognising the tremendous demand from Members on both sides of the House for a debate on the Crisis in the NHS?
Will the Leader of the House look at early-day motion 282 about the Crisis in the NHS in Halifax?
The Crisis in the NHS is profound.
Part of the appalling Crisis of the NHS is the obscenity of understaffing while those nurses who are working work hours that cannot conceivably be safe for them, let alone for their patients.
The position of the intensive care unit is part of the current Crisis in the NHS, no less in the west midlands than elsewhere.
On page 115 of Lord Donaghue's book, he said-and I believe that it is relevant - that in 1978Mr. Callaghan again sought ways to justify providing extra funds to the National Health Service and asked David Ennals to produce a paper on the NHS Crisis.
But those of us who represent constituents who have not been able to obtain health care have chosen the Crisis in the NHS as the subject for debate because we want reestablished the principle that health and treatment should be available to everybody through the promotion of good health and through a National Health Service which provides treatment for people when they need it rather than because they can afford to pay for it.
I think that the Government are under the illusion that while they are dealing with the NHS Crisis, the crisis about the social fund will not erupt, and that it will come at the end of the year.
There are no positive measures in the Bill to deal not just with the Crisis in the NHS, which hon. Members in all parts of the House have identified, but with the enormous problem of community care, to which the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Sir D. Price) referred in some detail.
The real reason for the Crisis in the NHS is the Secretary of State.
Does he realise that opt-out will intensify the Crisis in the NHS?
We, too, regret the growing Crisis in the NHS.
The Crisis in the NHS has been documented by everyone except the Government and their Department of Health.
The Crisis in the NHS came to a head before Christmas, and I saw a system that had finally broken down.
Mr. Michael Frosyth: The information requested is as follows: Civil servant Date Item The Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department Tony Cameron 16 June 1995 Radio interview for BBC Scotland on the Agriculture Council Ian Campbell 5 February 1995 TV interview on fisheries Ian Conroy 15 November 1995 TV interview for BBC "Here and Now" programme on regulatory role in Dundee local authority incinerator Derek Saward 13 November 1995 TV and radio interviews on fisheries research vessel survey on Beaufort's Dyke Central Services Shelagh Quinn 22 February 1995 STV "The Time and the Place" programme on equal opportunities Colin MacDonald 21 November 1995 BBC TV "Frontline Scotland" programme on ageism Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency Captain Tom Henderson 5 February 1995 TV interview on fisheries Captain Tom Henderson 5 February 1996 BBC "Panorama" programme Captain Douglas Temple 14 January 1996 Radio 5 Live programme J. Torrie 5 February 1996 BBC "Panorama" programme Development Department David Dare 9 March 1995 BBC Radio Scotland on planning issues Historic Scotland Gordon Barclay Date unavailable Central FM Radio on the work of a castle custodian Nick Bridgeland Date unavailable Radio 4 "Breakaway" programme on Jedburgh abbey Doreen Grove Date unavailable BBC "Report Scotland" on world war II defences John Hume Date unavailable BBC Radio Scotland on historic lighthouses Neil Hynd Date unavailable Scotland on Sunday briefing on Edinburgh castle Frank Lawrie Date unavailable BBC Radio Scotland Tom Morton programme on listed policy Frank Lawrie Date unavailable Radio 5 Live programme on doors open day Frank Lawrie Date unavailable Evening News article on restoration of ruined castles Bob McIlwraith Date unavailable BBC Radio Shetland on Scalloway castle Bob McIlwraith Date unavailable BBC Radio 5 Live on Fort George Ingvall Maxwell Date unavailable "Country Life" interview on Duff house Graeme Munro Date unavailable Talk Radio on historic Scotland Graeme Munro Date unavailable "Scotland on Sunday" briefing on Edinburgh castle Chris Watkins Date unavailable BBC "Good Morning Scotland" programme on Braveheart party in Stirling Education and Industry Department Nisbet Gallacher (HM Chief Inspector of Schools) 19 June 1995 Interview for The Times Educational Supplement Scotland on "Higher Still" 264 Civil servant Date Item Nisbet Gallacher 31 August 1995 On the record briefing for all education correspondence on publication of "Higher Still" Framework document Douglas Osier 1 March 1995 Interview for The Scotsman on lay members of HMDSCI inspection teams Douglas Osier 10 April 1995 Interview for The Times Educational Supplement Scotland on lay members of HMDSCI inspection teams Dr. John Rigg 10 October 1995 Newspaper article on Government expenditure and revenue in Scotland 1993–94 Department of Health Dr. Robert Kendell (Chief Medical Officer for Scotland) 1 August 1995 TV and radio interviews on AIDS/HIV spending Dr. Robert Kendell 7 August 1995 Radio interview for SCOT FM on maintaining medical excellence Dr. Robert Kendell 9 August 1995 BBC TV "Reporting Scotland" interview on AIDS/HIV spending Dr. Robert Kendell 5 September 1995 TV and radio interviews on annual report Dr. Robert Kendell 14 November 1995 BBC Radio Scotland on BSE and CJD Dr. Robert Kendell 7 December 1995 BBC Radio Scotland on BSE and CJD Dr. Robert Kendell 18 January 1996 TV and radio interviews on coronary heart disease report Geoff Scaife (Chief Executive, NHS in Scotland) 9 October 1996 TV and Radio interviews on Crisis in the Nhs Geoff Scaife 18 January 1996 Letter to editor of The Scotsman and Herald on staffing in the NHS Geoff Scaife 25 January 1996 Letter to editor of Press and Journal and Daily Record on rate of return on capital within NHS trusts Geoff Scaife 29 January 1996 TV and radio interviews on cardiac surgery waiting times Robin Wild (Chief Dental Officer) 18 December 1995 STV—launch of oral health strategy for Scotland Home Department John Boyd (HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary) 1 June 1995 Two radio interviews on annual report.
When on earth were there not politicians bemoaning chaos and Crisis in the NHS, combined with limited resources?
The British Medical Association, which is clearly not popular with the hon. Member for Wycombe (Sir R. Whitney), says that the reduction in bed numbers is a key reason for the Current NHS Crisis.
The Crisis in the NHS is fundamentally a beds crisis.
The task of all politicians in the United Kingdom - and of the Government of the United Kingdom, whoever they are - is not to ensure that we can "sort of" respond to the NHS Crisis of the moment and plaster over the long-term structural cracks, but to insure the NHS for now, and to start securing it for the future.
1 million equals a Crisis in the NHS, how does the Prime Minister describe 1.
May we have a debate on the Crisis in the NHS - not only the increasing waiting lists, of which she is only too well aware, but the growing and worrying habit of the positioning of Labour placemen and women in key posts in NHS trusts?
However, I agree with the Secretary of State that we have a Crisis in the NHS, and that crisis is there because there is absolutely no flexibility in the secondary services.
When the Government start to meet their waiting list target, all of a sudden the Opposition shift their tack and say that the Crisis in the NHS over Christmas is the fault of the waiting list initiative.
We have heard much this afternoon about media hype regarding the NHS Crisis.
Patients do not have to wait two weeks for an opinion: they can get one in three days during a so-called "NHS Crisis".
Will he confirm that there is a terrible Crisis in the NHS in Wales and say what he will do to help solve it?
The current Crisis in the NHS is a catalyst that demands a triple response.
I would never claim that any region or any government can avoid every Crisis in the NHS, but I believe that even the Minister will agree that this winter has been exceptionally bad.
Research which probes more deeply what the Crisis in the NHS means to people reveals that one of their greatest worries is how they will pay for their parents' or, indeed, their own old age.
As she well knows--if she does not, her hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam does--that is a major problem that undermines the Government's attempts to deal with this winter's NHS Crisis.
We no longer have a seasonal Crisis in the NHS; we have a structural crisis.
Nearly every day, one reads in the newspapers or sees on television a Crisis in the NHS caused by mismanagement and inefficiency and my constituents now know that they have been let down badly by an ambitious Labour Prime Minister and his party.
We in my constituency remember local sensationalist campaigns about the Crisis in the NHS, supposedly organised by local Labour activists and councillors, all of whom have fallen strangely silent, despite all the problems that we in the area continue to face.
There is a bar on the national health service recruiting doctors from those countries to help us through the NHS Crisis.
They do not care about patients and, as a result, the Crisis in the NHS is for life, not just for Christmas.
272 I am afraid that my hon. Friend is absolutely right, as is the hon. Member for Wyre Forest (Dr. Taylor) who, with his great experience of working in the health service all his life, said that changes are not needed because there is a Crisis in the Nhs and that the changes that have been made in past years need to bed down and to be made to work.
The Conservatives, who for two decades did so much to damage the NHS then, have the nerve to talk of an NHS Crisis now.
This Bill is irrelevant to the Current NHS Crisis.
If Mr. Milburn really wants to solve the NHS Crisis he must understand exactly why working for it has become such a no go area and start doing something about it".
I am afraid that my hon. Friend is absolutely right, as isthe hon. Member for Wyre Forest (Dr. Taylor) who, with his great experience of working in the health service all his life, said that changes are not needed because there is a Crisis in the NHS and that the changes that have been made in past years need to bed down and to be made to work.
If I believed that the shambles of the railways, the demoralisation in our schools, the Crisis in the NHS, the shame of our rampant crime and of our bursting jails, the increasing divisions in our society, and so on, would be improved by an elected, more politicised second Chamber, I would think again.
The Government face a Crisis in the NHS, and they have made it clear where their instincts lie.
What will the Government do to deal with that imminent Crisis in the NHS?
Not so long ago, I read in the Western Mail that the Secretary of State had had urgent talks with the Health Secretary about the Crisis in the NHS in Wales, particularly compared with the position in England.
Last autumn, I wrote to the Secretary of State for Health about the Crisis in the NHS in my constituency, and asked for a meeting.
Given the Current NHS Crisis, it does not understand why the Government are retreating into centralised control, rather than allowing it to have total control over its cash.
My question is whether the financial Crisis in the NHS has reached such a point that we now have to rob Peter to pay Paul?
Financial Crisis in the NHS underlies that theme, at a time of unprecedented investment.
It would be the best at resuscitation, it would balance its books - especially during this time of Government-precipitated Crisis in the NHS - and it would be the most economic.
Have you been notified of the Health Secretary's intention to make an urgent statement to the House and answer questions on the Crisis in the NHS?
He spoke of the Crisis in the NHS - a phrase that I reject out of hand as a cheap unsupportable gibe - but seemed to contradict himself by encapsulating in the crisis the idea of job losses in the public sector.
The RCM and others pointed out this week that the current financial Crisis in the NHS is adding to the woes of the profession.
I will leave the last word to a retired consultant who wrote this toThe Independent last Friday: "The Crisis in the NHS appears to worsen, generating the usual knee-jerk response from politicians and the media: 'reform and reorganise'".
The hon. Gentleman described the financial challenges of the year as the worst Crisis in the NHS's history, but I would say that the worst crisis in the NHS's history developed during 1979 to 1997.
Between them, my hon. Friends the Members for Wycombe (Mr. Goodman) and for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) have offered the House an erudite and clinical exposé of the NHS Crisis in Buckinghamshire and of the Government's culpability for it.
The chief executive of my primary care trust tells me that this will cause such a Crisis in the NHS that it could well lead to a major rethink of the role of NICE and the way in which it works.
Finally, Ministers often emphasise the importance of mental health, but their recent response to the financial Crisis in the NHS leads me to question their commitment.
Does the Secretary of State share my concern that the present financial Crisis in the NHS may be leading hospitals into inequitable ways to balance the books?
In response to the announcement by my hon. Friend the Minister with responsibility for public health of an expansion of activities programmes for inactive people,the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning) said in yesterday's newspaper that there is a financial Crisis in the NHS, jobs are being lost and wards are lying empty, while money is being wasted on this gimmick.
How could the Chancellor possibly have the nerve to speak for 40 minutes without addressing the Crisis in the NHS?
Not only did he give us reheated spin on education and fail to mention the Crisis in the NHS once - which, I presume, means that he supports the cuts in the NHS - but his claim to be addressing green issues struck a false note.
Does the Prime Minister accept that that poor central management, and the financial Crisis in the NHS, is harming patient care - yes or no?
The NHS Crisis in Surrey gives the lie to the Government's claim that cuts and closures are improving services.
Does that not tell us everything that we need to know about the Crisis in the NHS?
May we have a debate on the Crisis in the NHS?
That brings me to the financial Crisis in the NHS, whether in west London or in all of London.
There is a parallel with the Crisis in the NHS two years ago, when it was decided that deficits had reached a critical point and had to be cleared within one year.
The petition states: The Petition of members of UNISON and others, Declares that one million people will develop dementia in the next ten years; that one in three people over the age of 65 will die from dementia but that it can happen at any age; and that while drugs may alleviate some symptoms, there is currently no cure; Further declares that the Government must fund research to develop better treatments and a cure, and to prevent an NHS Crisis; and that for every £283 invested in cancer research, dementia research gets only £1.
I remember that in the early days after 1997, the Government were trying to keep down public spending, and there was a Crisis in the NHS because of under-spending.
Given the time constraints and the fact that hon. Members with more knowledge of hospitals in their own constituencies are here to speak, I will deal principally with the risks to Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals, but I will try to put those in the wider context of what can only be called a Crisis in the NHS in north-west London.
My hon. Friend outlined how the NHS Crisis management system focuses on the acute sector.
Given the hon. Lady's previous distinguished career as a Devon GP, does she, like me, deplore the comments made today by a Government Minister, who sought to blame the current Crisis in the NHS on the growth in the number of women doctors?
Week after week we have heard those on the Opposition Front Bench come to the House to talk up a Crisis in Our NHS, but the NHS has responded incredibly well throughout the winter.
The Francis report highlighted a major Crisis in the NHS and was a massive wake-up call for all of us.
Plastic bags were in, but the Crisis in the NHS was not even mentioned.
When the commitment was given, I did not believe it because I do not believe, when there is a looming financial Crisis in the NHS in Greater Manchester and across the country, that any group of medics or health bureaucrats can guarantee that hospitals will stay open.
Productivity drops if people do not feel valued, and none of the Crisis in the NHS was made by the people who work in it.
We can see from the news today of the Worst NHS Crisis in 10 years that doing that is vital.
He is in denial about the Crisis in the NHS.
I met the chief executive of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust about the NHS Crisis and the A and E crisis, and one of the problems he identified was the lack of sufficient staff and the need to recruit locums.
I thank my noble friend for bringing up this wide but highly topical subject, given the daily headlines about one NHS Crisis or another, including today.
What is so disappointing about the health debate is that Labour Members tour TV studios trying to whip up a sense of Crisis in the NHS in England, and then deny that things are even worse in Wales.
The only way to get rid of the Crisis in the NHS is to get rid of the Tories.
However, we hear daily about the Crisis in the NHS, particularly in A&E.
Added to that, we have a Crisis in the NHS - people cannot get a GP appointment and there are huge delays at A and E - all on top of, and partly caused by, cuts to social care.
We have also heard from right hon. and hon. Friends about the Crisis in the NHS, which we can land firmly at the door of the Conservative party and the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
When is the Minister going to admit that that reorganisation was a disaster, and when are the Government going to get a grip on the spiralling financial Crisis in Our NHS?
We have a Crisis in the NHS across the country.
No one does more than him, directly and positively, to draw attention to the Crisis in the NHS in west London.
They often identify people and take them to a safe place, but we know that only one third of people who use NHS Crisis care services are assessed within four hours, which should concern all hon. Members.
I suggest that the continuing financial Crisis of the NHS will not be solved until it is properly funded and other departments of state whose responsibilities have a bearing on health are enabled to carry their full share of maintaining the nation's health and well-being.
The fact is that the Government have no answers to solve the Crisis in the NHS.
To go back 10 years to try to defend the current Crisis in the NHS in his constituency is a bit unnecessary.
The unfolding events are clearly symptomatic of a wider Crisis in the NHS locally.
I am clear - we cannot solve the Crisis in Our NHS until we solve the crisis in our social care system.
What plans have the Government put in place to deal with what might be a really big Crisis in the NHS?
Anyone who thinks that voting leave will solve problems - such as the shortage of housing and the Crisis in the NHS - in time will be bitterly disappointed.
Make no mistake: those who have associated themselves with such claims will be expected to account for their actions, but let us not allow those wild statements to distract us from the Crisis in the NHS caused by this Government.
The financial Crisis in the NHS is a major reason why North Mid did not have enough equipment, consultants, doctors and nurses to cope with demand.