Northumberland Labour says the government needs to put in the necessary investment to get NHS waiting lists down.
Deputy leader Liz Simpson said: “Even before the pandemic NHS waiting lists and waiting times for planned procedures and treatment were going up.
“It’s a crying shame really because, under Labour, waiting times were never lower and waiting lists were never shorter. It was hard work to get there and our local NHS organisations, I know, worked tirelessly to achieve it. But it takes work to keep it there.
“The Conservative government were happy to let things slip and patients have paid the price. Even changes of health secretary have made absolutely no difference. They either make things improve or they don’t want to.
“When people are waiting for treatment their lives go into limbo and their condition can get worse while their waiting. This is why Labour wants to see a return to short waiting lists and low waiting times. It’s what people need and deserve.”