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Hunt: Govt has 'real passion' for highest NHS standards

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the government has a "real passion to deliver the highest possible standards of care", ahead of a speech by the Prime Minister to reaffirm commitments for the NHS.

He told GMB's political editor Sue Jameson: "We need to do everything we can to support doctors and nurses on the frontline.."

"Andy Burnham (Labour's shadow health secretary) said David Cameron's promises on the NHS expire on the 8th May, the day after the election, and here the Prime Minister is in his first speech saying no 'I'm going to honour those commitments because that's how important the NHS is to this government'".

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A&E waiting times targets missed again

NHS targets for patients waiting to be seen in A&E has been missed for the 32nd straight week, figures show.

93.4% of patients waited for four hours or less to be admitted last week, dipping from 94.1% the previous week and 94.3% a week before that.

A&E departments are struggling to hit targets Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The target - 95% - has not now been hit since late September.

There were a total of 444,400 attendances at A&E in the week ending May 10 - up from 433,300 the previous week. 6,600 people had to wait more than four hours to be seen - a rise of 5,400.

A&E waiting time target missed for 31st week in a row

NHS England have missed A&E waiting time targets for the 31st week in a row, according to new figures released today.

Figures show 94.1% of patients were seen within four hours Credit: PA

Figures showed 94.1% of patients spent four hours or less between arrival to admission, transfer or discharge in the week ending May 3.

This means the 95% target has been missed for every week since the end of September.

NHS 'most tweeted about issue' after exit poll revealed

The NHS became the most talked about political issue on Twitter shortly after the exit poll suggested the Tories would win 316 seats.

There was a huge spike in NHS tweets after the exit poll was released. Credit: Twitter

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Miliband: Less than 48 hours to get rid of Tories

Ed Miliband has told voters there are "less than 48 hours to get rid of this Tory government and David Cameron" as he placed the NHS at the centre of his campaign again.

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader. Credit: ITV News

Mr Miliband told an audience in Bedford that the health service was facing a "financial timebomb" with the Tories planning "savage cuts".

He said he wanted to put the "right values" including "care, compassion and corporation" back at the centre of the NHS.

The Labour leader said he would keep going "right till the last minutes" to rescue the National Health Service and prevent another five years of Conservative government.

ITV News' Carl Dinnen, who is following Labour's campaign, said Mr Miliband had admitted "this race could be one of the closest in our history" as he outlined the choice facing voters on Thursday.

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Burnham attacks Tories NHS 'extreme spending plans'

Andy Burnham has warned that the Conservatives "extreme spending plans" would put the NHS at risk if they were re-elected.

The shadow health secretary accused the prime minister of setting policies that had increased the deficit in the NHS and pledged that Labour's mansion tax would put funds back into the health service.

Andy Burham said Labour plans to recruit 20,000 more nurses Credit: PA Wire

"The financial crisis in the NHS is biting this year, with patients seeing treatments rationed, services closed and hospitals without enough staff," Burnham said.

"Hospitals were forced to spend £1 billion on agency staff last year because of the shortage of nurses under David Cameron.

"Only Labour's plan to recruit an extra 20,000 nurses - paid for with £2.5 billion extra a year - will allow hospitals to break the hold of the staffing agencies and get their finances into better shape."

Miliband warning of NHS 'financial bombshell'

Ed Miliband is warning of a "financial bombshell" that means most English hospitals face having to cut staff, beds and services this year.

As the election campaign enters its final 48 hours, the Labour leader said a "cash crisis made in Downing Street" is putting severe strain on the NHS and will mean major budget cuts in the coming months.

Ed Miliband says the NHS is in Credit: PA Wire

Labour analysis of leaked documents produced by NHS Providers, which represents trusts across the hospital, ambulance and mental health sector, show financial forecasts for 98 trusts projects their combined deficit this year will reach £759 million - up from £250 million for the last financial year.

The party claims that equates to £1.86 billion across England's 240 trusts.

Right now, our NHS is in grave danger because David Cameron has broken his promises on the NHS.

Two-thirds of hospitals face having to make swingeing cuts, not some point in the future, but this year because of a cash crisis made in Downing Street. That will mean staff cut, beds lost and services closed.

– Ed Miliband

Labour blast Tories over Jeremy Hunt's NHS admission

Andy Burnham said the Tories 'do not have a clue' where funding for the NHS is coming from. Credit: PA

Labour have blasted Jeremy Hunt after he admitted voters did not believe the Tories over the NHS.

Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham said: "Jeremy Hunt has finally conceded what everyone knows to be true, you can't trust a word the Tories say on the NHS.

"The reason why they have a credibility problem is because they have a track record of failing to keep NHS promises.

"Last time out, they promised 'no top-down reorganisation' - but then brought forward the biggest in the history of the NHS.

"People won't believe David Cameron on the NHS at this election because they know he hasn't got a clue where the money is coming from. They know you can't fund the NHS on an IOU.

"While Labour has a better, fully funded plan to invest in the NHS, the Tories have a plan for extreme cuts which will see them cut the NHS."

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