He added: “This is not just about routine care, there could be nothing more terrifying to be told you might have cancer, that’s why the last Labor government brought in a guarantee you’d be seen by a specialist within two weeks.
“Today, 50,000 people are waiting longer than that – 50,000 – and everyone in this House will appreciate the anxiety that they are feeling. So, when will cancer patients once again get the certainty of quick care that they got under Labour?”
Mr Sunak accused Sir Keir of having “absolutely no understanding of the situation” as cancer referrals went down because of the pandemic.
Responding to the Labor leader, the Prime Minister said: “Why is there a challenge with cancer times right now?
“It’s just … absolutely no understanding of the situation. What happened to cancer referrals during Covid? They went down by almost two-thirds. That was because of a pandemic that they went down. And, by the way, if we had stayed and listened to him, we’d still be in lockdown.”
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