Sunday, January 20, 2008

Lib Dem health policy takes a lurch to the right.

Firstly, accountability for health care services to local people is Green Party policy too, but we say accountable to local government, not a separately elected board. Loads of cross over benefit with public health measures would be possible having both under one roof.

Secondly, if patient's needs are not being met then the NHS needs to meet them, not give the money to corporate fat cats.

Thirdly, if local people can increase their contribution to health care spending, surely that will increase inequalities with poorer areas losing out.


Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has launched an attack on the way the NHS is run, describing it as a service in "crisis".

He told the BBC he would hand control of the NHS to local people

The Lib Dems would introduce locally elected health boards, Mr Clegg told the Andrew Marr show, and if patients' needs were not met they would be able to have private treatment paid for by the NHS.

The party would also scrap centralised targets and give people the power to raise cash for health services through a local income tax.

"If you are going to give local communities more say over health services, they should also be able to vary, maybe raise extra money," said the Lib Dem leader.

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