The Liberal Democrats will set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.
The key element of this is a one percent rise on income tax, raising around £6bn per year, which will be ringfenced to be spent on the NHS, care services and public health.
In the longer term, we will introduce a dedicated Health and Care Tax, which will bring spending on both services into a collective budget and set out transparently, on people’s payslips, what we spend on their services.
The manifesto will also call for a statutory independent budget monitoring agency for health and care. An ‘Office of Health and Care Funding’, similar to the Office for Budget Responsibility. This would report every three years on how much money the system needs based on meeting government health targets and to fund new initiatives, while also covering projected increases in demand.
Ross Shipman, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Bolsover said: “This is a clear commitment to ensuring we have an NHS and Social Care system that is fit for purpose and that supports the hard working staff that are being pushed to the brink.”
“We hear many stories about how the service is struggling and how many local hospitals such as Bolsover Hospital are proposed to be closed down – but neither Labour or Conservatives are coming forward with a plan to tackle the issue.”
“Both Labour and the Conservatives started privatising the NHS with private finance initiative (PFI) contracts, leaving only the Liberal Democrats who can be trusted to ensure we have a plan to save the NHS and Social Care services in our area.”
“We are coming forward with real solutions to the problems we face in Bolsover as we pledge an extra 22 million for the NHS in North Derbyshire and an extra 29 million for Social Care across the county.”
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