Steve Gee

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Epsom & Ewell

  • Steve Gee

    I am your Liberal Democrat Candidate for the General Election.

    This blog gives you my views on current political issues.

    It also covers some Lib Dem
    policies that I think are particularly important.

    Steve

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    98 Nork Way,
    Banstead,
    Surrey SM7 1HP.
    01737 362810
    steve@steve4epsom.com

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Extra £8bn for NHS by 2020 if Lib Dems re-enter government in May

Posted by Steve Gee on Tuesday 6 January 2015

Steve Gee, Liberal Democrat candidate for Epsom and Ewell says  “After all the chaos this week in A&E and the worst reported waiting times since targets were set, it’s clear that the NHS needs a boost of funds”.

“A review of changes to care for the elderly is also required, as they are increasingly finding that they are relying on A&E for basic care and support.”

“Only the Liberal Democrats are committed to increasing funding over the next Parliament. The Conservatives are only committed to continue privatisation, not  to increase funding. And Labour promises much, but won’t provide the economic strength to be able to fund the pledges they are making.”

The Liberal Democrats have set out plans to increase NHS funding by at least £8bn per year in real terms by 2020 if the Lib Dems re-enter government after the election in May, trumping the funding promises made by Labour and the Conservatives.

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.

Stevens’ report, released in October, outlined an £8bn-a-year funding gap by the end of the next parliament between what the NHS gets and what it needs to deal with increasing demand because of population growth and people living longer.

Simon Stevens said the government would face a public backlash if the NHS did not get billions of pounds in extra funding on an annual basis. He hoped for more annual funding than the £2bn injection promised by the chancellor, George Osborne, or the £2.5bn promised by Labour.

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To achieve this boost in funding by 2020/21, the Liberal Democrats will:

  1. Baseline into the budget of the NHS, the additional £2bn that Lib Dems secured in the Autumn Statement for 2015/16.
  2. In addition we will invest a further £1bn in real terms in 2016/17, as we set out at our Autumn Conference.
  3. Once we have finished the job of tackling the deficit in 2017/18, we will increase health spending in line with growth in the economy.

The extra £1bn in real terms in 2016/17 will be paid for by:

  • capping pensions tax relief for the richest pensioners (saving £500m),
  • aligning dividend tax with income tax for those earning more than £150,000 (saving £400m),
  • scrapping the Conservative shares for rights scheme (saving £100m).

As well as increasing NHS funding, the Lib Dems will also commission a non-partisan fundamental review of NHS and social care finances in 2015 before the next spending review, in order to assess the pressures on NHS budgets.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party to set out a credible road map for how we will safeguard the NHS over the next parliament. Neither Labour or the Conservatives have a credible response to the funding challenges that the NHS faces.

Labour have pledged £2.5bn only to be fully introduced by the third year of the next parliament and have not committed to any additional real term increases beyond that, while the Conservatives have made no specific real terms funding commitments.

Only the Liberal Democrats are committed to increasing NHS funding by £8bn in real terms by 2020.

The big difference between the Lib Dems compared to Labour and the Conservatives is that we have said that once we have dealt with the structural deficit, in 2017/18 we will link the amount of money going into public services – including the NHS – to the growth of the economy.

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