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Senior Tory MP hits out at Government’s ‘disingenuous’ use of winter statistics

A senior Conservative MP has hit out at the Government’s “disingenuous” use of statistics when talking about the scale of the winter crisis affecting the NHS.

Health minister Philip Dunne claimed bed occupancy was below safe levels “on Christmas Eve” when asked about pressures by Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, Devon – but this was the only day that has been true all winter.

Mr Dunne, who was Jeremy Hunt’s deputy as minister of state for health until he lost his position in this week’s reshuffle, was asked to provide information on “the current bed-occupancy levels in the NHS in England”.

He said: “I can confirm to my honourable friend that, at Christmas Eve, the bed occupancy rate was 84.2%, below the target of 85% that we set going into this particular winter period.”

Read more in The Independent.

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