Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has said claims made by the British Red Cross about the NHS were "irresponsible and overblown".
During Prime Minister’s questions in the House of Commons yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, told May that the charity had described the situation in the NHS as a "humanitarian crisis".
May replied that there were always extra pressures on the NHS during the winter, but there were now such added pressures as an ageing population.
On the claim by the Red Cross, she told Corbyn: "I have to say to him that I think we have all seen humanitarian crises around the world, and to use that description of a National Health Service that last year saw 2.5 million more people treated in accident and emergency than six years ago was irresponsible and overblown."
The charity responded to May’s comments by saying it had more than 30 years’ experience of running health and social care services in the UK and was witnessing first-hand the human cost of a health and social care system under exceptional pressure.
"Whenever we speak publicly we do so on the basis of humanitarian concern, on the basis of evidence, including what we are seeing from our work on the ground," the charity said in a statement.