by Steve Beasant on 6 January, 2018
Former Leader of the Lib Dems Tim Farron is calling for all parties to come together to find a long-term solution for the NHS.
Earlier this week it was announced that the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust had followed many other Trusts across the country in suspending all non-urgent inpatient operations for the rest of January, due to significant pressures this winter.
A recent Freedom of Information request revealed that over 2,000 operations have been cancelled for non-clinical reasons over the past four years.
Tim Farron said:
“The local doctors and nurses at our local hospitals do an outstanding job and I know that we’re all extremely grateful for the tireless work that they do in looking after us.
“But there can be no escaping the fact that the NHS is over-stretched and under-funded.
“However, it’s also obvious that no single party has the answer to fix this problem.
“The only way for the NHS to be viable in the future is for all parties to come together to agree a ‘Beveridge report’ for the 21st century.
“But in the short term, our health service desperately needs a cash injection – by just putting a penny on income tax, an extra £6bn a year could be raised for the NHS and social care.”Leave a comment