Harrow Lib Dem candidates respond to proposals of NW London NHS "rationing"

Responding to reports that North-West London GPs have been asked to consider a range of measures designed to cut costs by rationing referrals to specialists for treatments, Adam Bernard, Liberal Democrat candidate for Harrow East, said:

"We understand that the NHS here is under a lot of pressure, but we are concerned by these proposed restrictions. It is important that all patients can get the specialist care they need. The Liberal Democrats would put 1p on income tax to better fund the NHS and social care."

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Walk-in services at Belmont Health Centre under threat

Walk-in services at Belmont Health Centre could be cut completely, under plans by Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group.

Adam Bernard, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Harrow East said: “The plan seems to be that Harrow CCG will save money by forcing many people to seek treatment elsewhere. That might be good accountancy but it doesn't seem likely to be good for patients.”

Besides making patients phone NHS 111 before being allowed to use the services of Belmont Health Centre, the plans also propose that people not resident in Harrow should be refused treatment.

Harrow Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to keep the walk-in services available: https://www.harrowlibdems.org/belmont_health_centre

Adam Bernard at Belmont Health Centre
Adam Bernard at Belmont Health Centre


Heathrow Flight Path Proposals

Harrow residents recently have had a leaflet through their doors about the proposed flight path alterations for flights to and from Heathrow.


Harrow Liberal Democrats, who have long warned of the noise and pollution impact in Harrow of the proposed Heathrow expansion, welcome the consultation and encourage all Harrow residents to reply.

 

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12% rise in knife crime proves Govt must end forces' budget cuts

Responding to the release of Government statistics which show a 12% rise in knife crime, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:

“The Tories always tell us that the Government’s first duty is to keep people safe. On their own terms, they are failing.

“Unnecessary Conservative police cuts have left fewer officers on our streets and made communities less safe. The Home Office’s own analysis shows that police cuts have likely contributed to the rise in serious violent crime, yet the Conservatives continue to squeeze forces’ budgets.

“The Liberal Democrats demand better for our communities and our police. We will end the Conservative cuts and invest an extra £300 million a year to recruit more officers, boost community policing and reverse the rise in serious violence.”

Bailey's comments about Hindus and Muslims make him unfit to stand for London Mayor


Harrow Liberal Democrats today called for the Conservative Party to drop their mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey after it emerged that he had published a pamphlet accusing Muslim and Hindu culture of turning Britain into a "crime-riddled cess pool".

"I speak to the people who are from Brent and [school children have] been having Muslim and Hindi [sic] days off. What it does is rob Britain of its community. Without our community we slip into a crime-riddled cesspool,” Bailey wrote in 2005. "We’ve allowed people to come to Britain and bring their culture, their country and any problems they might have, with them"

Adam Bernard, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Harrow East, said "We should be proud that people of all religions, cultures, nationalities and backgrounds have chosen to live here. Blaming social problems on minority groups is a cheap and lazy tactic that  Shaun Bailey should be ashamed of. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and Harrow is the most religiously diverse borough in London, and we should celebrate that."

"Shaun Bailey says 'They are alienated because they haven’t been exposed to the good things in Britain – our ethics'. I don't know how he can have the outrageous gall to claim that Hindu and Muslim communities lack ethics. The suggestion is drivel, and offensive drivel, at that."

Vince Cable: Heathrow expansion is an expensive folly

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable has today slammed the Tory Government’s decision to expand Heathrow as an “expensive folly”. He said:

“Expansion at Heathrow is an expensive folly that will badly hurt the environment both locally and globally.

“The Liberal Democrats will work with Heathrow’s many and diverse political opponents within Parliament to finally put an end to this project once and for all.”

Harrow Liberal Democrats have been clear in opposing expansion of Heathrow, which is likely to lead to an increase in noise — including at night — across Harrow.

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