Responding to the NHS 10-year plan, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:
“Delivering this ambitious plan is likely to be fatally undermined by insufficient resources, a staffing crisis and a failure to address the disastrous situation with social care.
“The Government’s commitment to a new focus on prevention rings hollow when the very services which help prevent elderly people ending up in hospital are at breaking point and vital public health budgets are progressively cut back.
“The Liberal Democrats will continue to demand that the Government works with other parties to achieve a genuine long term, sustainable settlement for the NHS and social care.
“We will keep making the case for a new, dedicated NHS and care tax to guarantee a modern, effective and efficient NHS and care system which will be there for our loved ones when they need it.”
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats Health and Social Care Spokesperson, Cllr Pam Windley said:
“We are seeing the dismantling of local health services, therefore it is not easy to see how this plan is deliverable for communities like ours, when we are witnessing the closure of facilities at Clay Cross hospital as well as pressures on local GP services.”
“In 2018-19 there will be an £80 million reduction from the health budget, therefore the Liberal Democrats demand better than just more lip service from the Conservatives.”