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Liberal Democrats slam Government's NHS plans

March 24, 2017 9:50 PM
Originally published by Canterbury & Coastal Liberal Democrats
surgeon hospital doctor medical medicineCanterbury Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government's failure to provide enough extra cash for the NHS in the Spring budget, warning that local services - such as the K&C - will struggle to cope with growing demand.
Ahead of the budget the Liberal Democrats called for a £4 billion funding boost for NHS and care services this year. That would amount to an extra £7 million for local NHS services in the Canterbury and Coastal area, and £52 million for social care across Kent. The Budget announced by the Government will instead see the share of national income spent on the NHS fall in the coming years.
NHS services across Kent currently face a funding gap of £486 million by 2020-21, analysis of local NHS plans has found. The NHS funding crisis risks being made even worse by the Government's hard Brexit plans, which are set to increase borrowing by £100bn in the coming years.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson, James Flanagan, said:
"The Government is refusing to stump up the extra cash NHS services in Kent so desperately need.
"Here in Canterbury, we can see how much pressure the NHS is under from the threatened closure of the Urgent Care Centre at K&C. The budget was an opportunity to make sure this vital service is properly funded and resourced. The opportunity has been missed."
"This is a woefully inadequate response to the impossible pressure our NHS and care services are under.
"Only the Liberal Democrats are being upfront with people that to protect our NHS and care services, we may all need to pay a little more in tax."


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The Liberal Democrats called for £4 billion of extra NHS and care funding for 2017-18 ahead of the Spring Budget, including £2bn for social care, £1.5bn to improve efficiency in the NHS and £500m dedicated funding for mental health.