May forced to correct 'not valid' attack on Corbyn

By Caitlin Doherty, News Reporter
Theresa May has been forced to correct NHS statistics she used to criticise Labour at Prime Minister's Questions last month.
She admitted the figures were "not directly comparable" 13 days after using them to bash Jeremy Corbyn.
During PMQs on 24 January, Mrs May claimed that in England "497 people were waiting more than 12 hours" to see a doctor."Under the Labour government in Wales, 3,741 people were waiting in more than 12 hours," she chided.Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones complained that Mrs May was guilty of a "selective misuse of statistics" because the two countries judge A&E waiting times differently.In England, the amount of time spent in A&E is judged from a patient's arrival until a doctor decides they should be moved elsewhere in the health service.
In Wales, the time is judged until the patient is moved to the new department.David Norgrove, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, ruled that Mrs May's comparison was "not valid".
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She corrected herself in a written statement to MPs on Tuesday, admitting the figures were "not directly comparable"."I should have used the latest annual data which shows that 3.4% of patients waited over 12 hours in Wales last year, compared to 1.3% in England," she said.
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