The NHS is under funded and over stretched. The Liberal Democrats will always fight to ensure our health and care system can carry on delivering for future generations. But to do that, we know we must recognise and address the critical funding and capacity challenges these services face.
We know we need additional investment in health and care services as a matter of urgency. We have set up our own panel of leading experts who will produce recommendations on improving health and care funding later in the year. Meanwhile, we will put 1p on income tax for the NHS. This will raise an extra £4bn that the NHS desperately needs.
Liberal Democrats are clear that our national healthcare system must provide high quality care to all – we need care for both mental and physical health. We would also like to see health and care services delivered in a more integrated way. It will empower people to take more control of their care through personal budgets. And it will allow people to choose services to fit their individual needs.
A Lib Dem led government will:
- put a penny on income tax to fund the NHS
- pool health and social care budgets, tailoring care to individualpatients and reduce inefficiencies.
- establish a mental health fund worth £50m per year by 2020