Sunak blames striking doctors and consultants for the increase in NHS waiting lists

With NHS ready lists having risen to 7.9 million, up from 7.2 million, for the reason that autumn of final 12 months, Rishi Sunak has this morning firmly attributed the rise to strikes by junior medical doctors and consultants.  Mr Sunak pointed to how ready lists had been showing to fall, earlier than the most recent set of strikes.

Taking listener’s calls on an LBC Radio telephone on this morning, the prime minister stated, “I’m delighted that the nurses and one million different NHS employees accepted the federal government’s pay supply, and they’re working actually laborious to ship for sufferers, however sadly we nonetheless have teams of people who find themselves not doing that, and they’re placing, and that could be a cause that the ready lists are going up.  It is so simple as that”.

Challenged throughout the telephone in by Olivia, a junior physician, Mr Sunak stated of junior medical doctors, “I’d say to them that I’m very grateful and respectful of the unbelievable job you do, however all of us have a shared mission to carry the ready lists down. I’ve finished my bit by backing the NHS with a long run workforce plan and file funding, and I’d ask individuals to consider accepting an unbiased supply”.

Persevering with Mr Sunak stated, “Over one million NHS employees have accepted the federal government’s pay deal, a lot of them on salaries and incomes far decrease than consultants, and that of Olivia and her colleagues, that’s simply the truth of it”.


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“You and I aren’t going to agree, as a result of your union is asking for a 35% payrise. I don’t assume that’s cheap. I don’t assume that’s inexpensive.  I don’t assume that’s honest”.

The firmer line being taken by Mr Sunak on placing NHS junior medical doctors displays what’s broadly being seen because the extra ‘entrance fronted’ strategy being adopted by the prime minister in his current media appearances.

Challenged this morning that his current coverage announcement on increasing North Sea oil and fuel licences may see him being characterised as a ‘harmful radical’ within the context of feedback made by the Secretary Common of the United Nations, Mr Sunak replied, “I’d say to the Secretary Common and anybody else, the place is the most important offshore wind farm on this planet, right here within the UK.  The place is the second largest, third largest, fourth largest, right here within the UK”.

This morning’s interview marks the final media look by the prime minister earlier than he embarks on per week’s vacation to California later this afternoon.

Mr Sunak this morning revealed that in this impending journey, he can be taking his two daughters to Disney Land.  Mr Sunak is an avid Star Wars fan and he stated that he was significantly wanting ahead to visiting the Star Wars a part of the Disney Land theme park.

Mr Sunak and his spouse Akshata Murthy are believed to have retained a house in California.  The pair met when beforehand attending college within the US state.