Prescott says of Sir Ed: “I’m glad he’s not my GP!”

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Labour’s PPC for Gainsborough, David Prescott, rejects claims by sitting MP Edward Leigh the NHS is ‘Hale and Hearty.”

Recently, Sir Edward quoted ministry figures showing rising staff numbers in a better funded NHS undertaking more operations.

But his Labour opponent said patients are waiting longer to see a GP and the local NHS has the 7th-worst record in the country for cancelling operations, with 340 were axed in the last quarter of 2014.

The spat came as Mr Prescott met with Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham to get Labour to fund a medical training school in Lincolnshire.

Labour, he said, has a 10-year-plan, which promises 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more doctors, 5,000 more homecare workers and 3,000 midwives. Seeing a doctor within 48-hours is another promise. Mr Prescott added it beggars belief Sir Edward thinks the NHS in Lincolnshire is in good shape.

“We’ve lost 130 beds at Lincoln County, the hospital A&E was on black alert, community services across the county were suspended to deal with the crisis, operations were cancelled and one in four are waiting more than a week to see a GP. On top of that United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has a £365M deficit. If Sir Edward thinks the NHS in Lincolnshire is ‘hale and hearty’, I’m glad he’s not my doctor.”