How main parties will fund NHS over next five years
PUBLISHED: 13:10 29 November 2019
North Somerset has always looked to Bristol when it comes to healthcare, with some of the country’s biggest hospitals in the city.
But with thousands of houses set to be built in the next 10-20 years, it has never been more important that investment in local healthcare matches that rate of growth, so people can have access to primary care.
Funding mental health services and adult social care are also key issues facing whichever Government dominates Westminster going forward.
The Conservatives, Green Party, Labour and Liberal Democrats all believe they are best placed to manage the NHS.
Philip Neve - Green Party:
Health and social care must be brought together to provide care in the most appropriate way and free up the overloading of acute hospital spaces.
We should halt and reverse privatisation of services and ensure all communities have comprehensive and local service provision.
Mental health services, especially for the young need to be better resourced and better support provided locally.
We should scrap fees and restore bursaries for trainee nurses and midwives to boost recruitment.
Full A&E provision should be restored at Weston General Hospital.
Hannah Young - Labour:
I am concerned about pressures faced in our health services nationally and locally.
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group - that decides which local health services are provided in North Somerset - is making cuts of £41million this year alone.
GP surgeries in our communities are closing.
There are significant shortages of trained staff.
A Labour government will stop privatisation of the NHS and provide the funding to train and support NHS staff, cut waiting times in A&E and for treatment, and make prescriptions free. It will invest in early intervention by increasing the budget spent on mental health support for children and young people.
Ashley Cartman - Liberal Democrats:
The NHS is the envy of the world.
We will give the NHS and social care the funding they need by putting a penny on income tax. This will raise £35billion over five years and of this we will invest £11billion into mental health to provide parity of urgency with physical health.
We will tackle the social care crisis by providing more money and better integration between care services and the NHS.
The Liberal Democrats will build a health service that is prepared for the future, provides quality care for patients and respects our health workforce.
Liam Fox - Conservatives:
As a former doctor in the NHS I understand the importance of good health services at both hospital and GP level.
We are delivering the biggest cash boost ever for the NHS with more investment in frontline services - worth £33.9billion more for the NHS by 2023-24.
Since 2010 we have seen the opening of the new Southmead Hospital and locally the upgrade to the inpatient unit at Clevedon's North Somerset community hospital after a £417,000 revamp.
However, we can only fund our NHS properly if we have a sound economy which is why we cannot risk Labour's high borrowing policies again.