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.”