For too long our NHS has not got the investment it needs. Brexiters claimed that the NHS will get £350million a week when we leave Europe. This has already been shown up as a cheap con trick from Gisela Stuart and Vote Leave.
Our NHS needs more money and that is why Lib Dem Health spokesperson Norman Lamb has called for honesty and straight talking on the cash crisis facing health and care sector. At the Lib Dem conference, he discussed putting a penny on income tax, dedicated to the NHS.
The NHS is in financial meltdown. Treatment is being rationed because of tight resources. That’s why Lib Dem are looking at how we can secure the NHS’ future.
We need a national conversation about what sort of NHS we want to pay for. We should aspire to have a modern, efficient NHS and care system which treats mental and physical health equally; which ensures that elderly people and those with disability are supported, helping to prevent deteriorating health; a health system which delivers the best outcomes for patients.