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May defends record ahead of reshuffle

From BBC - January 7, 2018

The prime minister has defended her record and set out her plans for the coming year, as she prepares to reshuffle her cabinet.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, she defended NHS funding amid questions over the handling of winter pressures.

She set out plans for the environment and parole reform after the decision to release sex attacker John Worboys.

On the NHS, Labour said: "She has not got a plan to get those people off the trolleys and corridors".

Theresa May confirmed a cabinet reshuffle was imminent, but refused to give any detail.

She is expected to replace Damian Green, who was sacked as first secretary of state in December, butkeep key figures such as Chancellor Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

In a wide-ranging interview, Mrs May also:

'More to do'

On the NHS, Theresa May defended the government's handling of the winter crisis, saying that thousands of cancelled operations in January were "part of the plan" for coping with pressures on the health service.

She insisted the NHS was delivering care to more people than ever before.

Mrs May said she wanted cancelled operations to be "reinstated as soon as possible," but added the government was "making sure that those who most urgently need care" get it quickly.

Mr Marr disputed the idea that urgent care was being delivered in time, raising the case of Leah Butler-Smith and her mother, who, having suffered a stroke, waited an hour in an ambulance and a further four in A&E before seeing a doctor.

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