Government is sleepwalking into an NHS crash, Liberal Democrats warn.

February 20, 2016 12:08 AM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

The dire state of the NHS has been laid bare today with the news the deficit will reach £2.3 billion by the end of the financial year.

Liberal Democrats have been calling for a cross party commission to be set up to integrate health and social care to tackle the NHS crisis.

Norman Lamb MP said:

"The Government has a choice. It either continues in denial, sleepwalking towards a crash with awful consequences for patients or it acts now. This transcends narrow party politics. We all have a stake in protecting and enhancing our NHS and care system.

"The dire state of NHS finances and the impact this is having on the quality of care outlined in this report reinforces the case I have been making for the Government to establish, without delay, a cross party commission on the NHS and care.

"The Commission I propose - alongside Alan Milburn and Stephen Dorrell - would sit for no more than a year and would be charged with delivering a long term settlement for the NHS and care. We need a new Beveridge for the 21st century."