The government's failure to tackle lack of access to GPs and ambulance delays have been criticised in two scathing reports by the Public Accounts Committee today (Thursday 27 April).
The first report finds that depite the government’s target to recruit 5,000 more GPs, the overall number of GPs has reduced in the last year and problems with staff retention have continued.
Meanwhile just 58% of patient transfers were completed within 15 minutes in 2015–16, compared to 80% in 2010–11.
Liberal Democrat MP and Public Accounts Committee member John Pugh commented:
"This is a damning indictment of this government's record on the NHS, which has left patients suffering from longer waits for GP appointments and severe ambulance delays.
"Targets to recruit more GPs and ambulance staff have been woefully missed.
"Soaring numbers of people are unable to get GP appointments when they need one, heaping yet more pressure on A&Es already struggling to cope with rising demand.
"It is a catastrophic legacy that is only set to get worse as the Conservative's hard Brexit agenda blows a hole in the public finances.
"The Liberal Democrats are the only party prepared to take tough decisions to secure the future of the NHS and social care, including raising taxes to pay for the services patients deserve."
Today Tim Farron will tell businesses that they are ‘funding their own funeral’ if they continue to back and fund the Conservative Party. It's becoming clear that the Liberal Democrats are the new party of business. On a visit to St Albans, Tim Farron will say later today:
“My message to business is this – dump the Tories. Every penny you give them will hurt you; you are funding your own funeral. The success of British business matters. Strong British businesses mean more jobs and a stronger society.
“With this disastrous hard Brexit the government is hurting businesses, both big and small, costing jobs and hitting families. All this means fewer jobs, higher prices and spiralling costs of things like fuel. This is a Brexit squeeze affecting millions of people.
“I say, clearly, to businesses, you must back the Liberal Democrats – this is not a moment for hiding and hoping things change. You need to desert the Tories.
“The Single Market matters – it's vital to our economy.
“This election is a chance to change Britain’s future.
“While the Tories run headlong towards a Hard Brexit and Labour cheers them on, only the Liberal Democrats are standing up for a Britain that is Open, Tolerant and United.”
Here in Harrow, we are already seeing the impact of hard Brexit in prices in the shops, in uncertainty and in our local health services. Only the Liberal Democrats are looking to challenge this and make things better for local businesses and local people.
Councillor Chris Noyce will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency of Harrow West, and Adam Bernard will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Harrow East at the General Election on June 8th 2017.
Chris Noyce has been a councillor in Rayner's Lane for 27 of the last 31 years, tirelessly working to improve the lives of residents in Harrow West.
Adam Bernard works as a researcher at Queen Mary University of London, and has been a Liberal Democrat campaigner for 20 years.
Both candidates will join the many residents who disagree with Theresa May’s hard Brexit.
Liberal Democrat candidate, Adam Bernard, said: “56% of Harrow residents voted to Remain in the EU and many more oppose the reckless decision of this hard-right Conservative government to pursue a ‘hard Brexit’, propped up by the apathetic Labour party. Here in Harrow, only the Lib Dems are truly fighting Theresa May's plans."
“The Labour Party is in an absolute mess, fighting amongst themselves rather than acting as the effective opposition this country so desperately needs.”
Chris Noyce added, “I will be campaigning and making the case that for anyone who wants to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit, keep Britain in the single market, and for Great Britain to remain open, tolerant and united, the only party to vote for is the Liberal Democrats.”
Tim Farron MP, leader of the Lib Dems said, “This election is your chance to change the direction of our country. Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.”
With Harrow Council about to introduce parking charges at the last free car parks anywhere in the borough, local businesses are asking why they weren't consulted on such a change.
These local Harrow businesses in Belmont rely on these small free car parks to bring customers in. There are already so many unnecessary parking restrictions all around the borough so why does there seem to be a need to reign in even more cash? And more importantly, why haven't local businesses been consulted on this?
Which car parks are affected by this?
- The first is Kingshill Drive Car Park (off Kingshill Drive)
- The second is Kenton Lane Car Park (off Kenton Lane, right next to the Belmont Trail)
Both directly serve the Belmont shopping parade and neighbouring buildings, Belmont Community Hall (which is home to a nursery during the day), Belmont Health Centre and a local Catholic primary school, St. Joseph's.
The shops and businesses on and around Belmont Circle rely on the flexible parking around the shops to continue to be viable so its a wonder why the council are choosing to introduce new charges when businesses are already struggling in the current economic climate.
If you are a Belmont business or a local resident and are going to be affected by these changes, let us know and we'll take the fight to the council on your behalf. You can reach us at @harrowlibdems on Twitter, you can email us at info @ harrowlibdems.org or leave a comment below.
The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government’s failure to provide enough extra cash for the NHS in this week’s budget, warning that local services 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 a cash injection of £8 million for local NHS services and £8.3 million for social care across Harrow. The Budget announced by the Government today will instead see the share of national income spent on the NHS fall in the coming years.
NHS services in North-West London currently face a funding gap of £1.4 billion by 2020-21, analysis of local NHS plans has found, in addition to an estimated £1 billion repairs backlog. The NHS funding crisis also risks being made even worse by the Government’s hard Brexit plans, which are set to increase borrowing by £100bn in the coming years.
Harrow Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson and local councillor Chris Noyce commented:
“The Government is refusing to stump up the extra cash NHS services in Harrow so desperately need.
“This is a woefully inadequate response to the impossible pressure our NHS and care services are under.
“Chronic underfunding of our NHS and social care is leading to longer waiting lists, cancelled operations and loved ones being stranded in hospital.
“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.
“We will also stand up against Theresa May’s reckless plans to pull out of the Single Market that will blow a £100 billion hole in the public finances. It’s clear you can’t have strong NHS and care services with a hard Brexit.”