…….Liberal Democrats publish plan to invest an extra £8 billion a year in NHS
Media reports are suggesting that unprecedented numbers of people have visiting A & E departments at the York and Scarborough hospitals over the last 3 weeks, leading to unacceptable delays in treatment.
The hospital has not published any figures for patient numbers and waiting times recently and the Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for “Health” has offered no comment.
Responsibility for scrutinising the performance of the health service in York now also rests with the York Council but again no statements have been issued and no special meetings scheduled.
Some are claiming that “bed blocking” – discharges from hospitals delayed through lack of spaces in nursing homes – is partly responsible for the crisis.
The hospital management are right to ask people not to misuse A & E services when other options may address their issues.
But more facts about relative demand levels, together with the publication of up to date performance statistics, would help residents understand the problem rather more than they do now.
Liberal Democrats to increase NHS funding by £8bn by 2020
NHS funding will increased by at least £8bn per year in real terms by 2020.
The Liberal Democrats are the first party to present a plan to meet the financial needs of the NHS as set out by Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England in his Five Year Forward View.
To achieve this boost in funding by 2020/21, Liberal Democrats will do three things: