Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the British Social Attitudes survey on the NHS and social care published by The King’s Fund, said:
“When Labour left office, public satisfaction with the NHS was at a record high. But satisfaction nose-dived under David Cameron and these latest figures show the situation has not recovered. It is no wonder, when the NHS has failed to hit its A&E waiting time target every week for six months and one hospital was forced to set up a tent in its car park over Easter.
“Public concerns are growing as the NHS struggles with David Cameron’s toxic mix of cuts and re-organisation.
“It comes as no surprise that fewer than one in three people are satisfied with social care too. Fewer vulnerable people are getting vital, personal services that help them stay living independently in their own homes. Those that do are having to pay more, with huge variations in the care charge costs in different parts of the country.
“The Government must get a grip on NHS and social care services and stop letting down vulnerable patients and older people.”
- The survey found that 61 per cent of the public were satisfied with the NHS overall in 2012 – compared to 58 per cent in 2011 and 70 per cent in 2010.