Lib Dems launch NHS push
In another example of the party’s increasing willingness to let Coalition differences show in public, the Liberal Democrats have launched a public push, including a petition, to secure an extra £1.5 billion in funding for the NHS as part of next month’s Autumn Statement.
Health minister Norman Lamb said:
The NHS needs significantly more money to help trusts adapt to the changing needs of our population and it can’t afford to wait.
That’s why securing extra money for the NHS must be a high priority for the whole Government in next month’s Autumn Statement. And we want at least an extra billion pounds put in every year in the next Parliament too.
A significant amount of that needs to go on improving mental health services, especially for children and young people. For too long mental health has been seen as a second class issue in the NHS and the Liberal Democrats are determined that changes.