County Lib Dems very concerned that NHS and social care funding are neglected in the Autumn Statement

November 24, 2016 4:28 PM

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS have criticised the Conservative Government for failing to include additional funding for the NHS and social care in yesterday's autumn statement.

Iain DobieLiberal Democrat Group Health Spokesperson and Chair of Gloucestershire's Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HCOSC), Cllr. Iain Dobie (Leckhampton and Warden Hill) said:

"I am bitterly disappointed that no additional funding for the NHS or social care has been announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in this year's autumn statement. The Care Quality Commission warned only last month that A & E units are struggling to cope because social care services that help older people have been 'rationalized' so much that they are reaching a "tipping point".

"I would have thought the government, with its 'commitment to creating a country that works for everyone', would have had the health and wellbeing of the country's population much further up its list of priorities.

"The NHS is already in crisis and the lack of extra money for a social care system at breaking point will hurt some of the most vulnerable people in Gloucestershire.

"Not only was there no additional money for either health or social care but there was also not a single mention of the words NHS, Public Health, Social Care or Mental Health in the entire 72-page Autumn Statement. This says a lot about the Conservative Party and its priorities. If the Tories truly believed in these things they would put their money where their mouth is."