The National Health service is in crisis, with mounting debts and failing targets on waiting times. The Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust which both serve the district of Lewes are in special measures largely due to funding shortfalls that mean they cannot meet care needs across their areas.
The Public Accounts Committee echoed Liberal Democrat calls for cross-party working on preserving the future of the NHS to examine growing financial pressures on the NHS and ensure long term planning for the health service.
Kelly-Marie Blundell, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes is backing the call for cross party working, saying;
“Our health service is too important to be dragged through ideological changes with each new government.
“As well as the Victoria in Lewes, we have to rely on Eastbourne and Brighton for health needs and it is clear both hospitals and trusts are struggling.
“Without long term cross party working, we not only have meager services in Lewes, but could lose the services that are in our neighbouring towns and cities as well.”
Norman Lamb, MP for Norfolk who will be visiting Seaford in March with Kelly-Marie Blundell, commented;
“It is vital we have a cross party agreement to guarantee the NHS and social care the long-term funding it desperately needs.
“As many of us warned, the NHS is experiencing a really terrible winter crisis and the government must act.”
Lib Dems say NHS needs a cross party future
Stop Government plans to concrete over Sussex
The government proposes to force the building of more than 15000 new houses in Lewes District over the next 20 years, more than doubling the current rate of building. Local Lib Dems call on the government to listen to local people and urgently revise their target to a more realistic level.