Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to David Laws’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show, said:
“These are damning revelations which if true suggest David Cameron and George Osborne refused to give the NHS the extra money it needs and instead put pressure on independent officials to massage the figures.
“The NHS is facing the biggest financial crisis in a generation. However, rather than being straight with the public, it appears Number 10 strong armed the NHS Chief Executive and demanded hospitals were signed up to efficiency savings that would put patient care at risk.
“The idea that the NHS can save £22bn over the next four years is pure fantasy land.
“We know that David Cameron and George Osborne have been the driving force behind cuts to disability benefits and it seems they are up to the same trick with the NHS too. They need to urgently respond to these accusations and start being honest with the public about the black hole in NHS finances.