The NHS and Social Care would receive an extra £6 billion a year from the Liberal Democrats to plug funding gaps in these services. It would be paid for by putting a penny on income tax.
According to an ITV poll last October, 70% of Britons would pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS.
Cllr Bob Barr, the Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington South, said, “The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more. A penny in the pound would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services and ensuring the elderly receive the care they deserve.
This Conservative government has left our health and care services chronically underfunded – and while the crisis gets worse they just don’t seem to care. Some believe that they are intentionally forcing many to use private health care to grow the ‘for-profit’ part of the industry. We cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so.”
Cllr Stefan Krizanac, the Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington North added, “The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be. But simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that’s why this is just the first part of our five step long-term plan to protect health and care services.
We also need to do much more to keep people fit and healthy and out of hospital. This new funding will be targeted at those areas which have the greatest impact on patient care such as general practice, mental health, public health and social care