Lib Dem’s penny for our NHS would raise a quarter of a billion pounds extra for Bromsgrove resident’s health services.
We, the Liberal Democrats, have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.
The tax would raise an additional £48.4m per year for health services used by Bromsgrove residents. This would include an additional £11m the Alex’s NHS area, £19m for the Worcester Royal’s NHS area and an additional £18.4 for social care in Worcestershire.
This makes a commitment of nearly a quarter of a billion pounds spent on NHS services that benefit Bromsgrove residents over the lifetime of the next parliament.
This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. And, the Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.
Neil Lewis, Bromsgrove Liberal Democrat candidate said:
"Right now at the Alex we are seeing patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, urgent operations being cancelled and the elderly being denied the care they need.
"We are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more.
"A penny in the pound would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services and ensuring the elderly receive the care they deserve.
"This Conservative government has left our health and care services chronically underfunded - and while the crisis gets worse they just don't seem to care.
"We cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so."
Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:
“The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be.
“A penny in the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view.
“But simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that’s why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services in the long-term."