Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

West Sussex Lib Dems confident of changes to NHS Bill

Worthing and Adur EXACT (WAE),

Liberal Democrats are confident that significant changes will be made to the Government’s Health Bill to address concerns raised by the public, medical professionals and the party. Liberal Democrats led the calls for changes after raising serious concerns at the party’s Spring Conference in March. The Government has completed a listening exercise during a break in the passage of the Bill to hear the concerns.

In particular, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats want to ensure that:

  • The pace of change is slowed down to ensure changes are not rushed into.  The changes must be evolution, not revolution
  • There is no privatisation of the NHS and no special favours for the private sector.  We want a level playing field, not a race to the bottom
  • The NHS is properly accountable, both nationally and locally

Commenting, Dr James Walsh, Deputy Group Leader and West Sussex GP, said…

“Liberal Democrats have been clear from the start that there must be no privatisation of the NHS and that it must remain universal, based on need and free at the point of use. With an ageing population and rising costs it is clear the NHS can’t stand still, but these changes are too important to get wrong.”

“I am proud that Nick Clegg and my Lib Dem colleagues have been fighting to make sure the concerns raised by the public and medical professionals have been heard and addressed and I will continue to press with my colleagues on Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) and at County Council for more openness and local accountability.”

2 Comments

  1. Posted 13 Sep, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the LD’s and the pressure exerted, we have a fighting chance of ensuring the correct improvements required are enacted. Nothing is perfect, especially something this large, but the status-quo for me is not an option, and to deny the problems inherent in the system is foolish. No one wants to see the NHS become what many on the far left are spreading scare stories about. While many feel cautious or concerned about such large scale changes, I for one am far more reassured that we have the LD’s focus on this and it is not just left to the Tories, as we have seen already with some critical aspects that were amended. Next stop, the House of Lords ….

  2. Posted 28 Sep, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Totally agree with you Dmitri. We just need to make sure that there are no unwelcome changes creeping in during the final stages!