Kelly-Marie Blundell and Lewes Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government’s failure
to provide enough extra cash for the NHS in today’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 £32 £864m for local NHS services in East Sussex and £23.8 for social care across East Sussex. 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 East Sussex currently face a funding gap of £864 million by 2020-21, analysis of local NHS plans has found. 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.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson Kelly-Marie Blundell, who has replaced Norman Baker, commented:
“The Government is refusing to stump up the extra cash NHS services in East Sussex so desperately need.
"This is a woefully inadequate response to the impossible pressure our NHS and care services are under. Given both of the nearest general hospitals are in special measures, it is the people of Lewes district who will suffer.
“Chronic underfunding of our NHS 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.”