Government allowing Worcester’s Health Service to Crumble

Cllr Mel Allcott

Liberal Democrats in Worcester have accused the Government of being ‘content
with local health services crumbling’ after Wednesday’s Autumn Statement failed to provide additional funding for local health services.

Before the Autumn Statement, the party had been calling for the Chancellor to invest in a
robust NHS rescue plan as ever-growing treatment backlogs have stalled the economy,
damaging both growth and quality of life.

These measures would have included reversing Conservative cuts to vital public health
services in Worcester and delivering 8,000 more GPs across the country to create 65
million more appointments every year.

It comes as the Liberal Democrats have warned that treatment backlogs are damaging
economic growth. A poll commissioned by the party showed that one in seven people had
taken a significant length of time off work whilst waiting for treatment on the NHS.

Apart from ignoring the crisis in our health service, the Chancellor proposed tax changes
that will not ‘touch the sides’ after years of unfair tax hikes that MP Robin Walker has
consistently voted in favour of.

Cllr Mel Allcott, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Worcester, said:
“This Conservative Government seems completely content to sit back and
allow Worcester’s local health services to crumble.

“They are either so out of touch they cannot see how many people are struggling to access
healthcare, or they simply do not care.

“The Autumn Statement was an opportunity to get people off NHS waiting lists and allow
them to return to work so we can rescue our flatlining economy.

“Instead we got empty promises, stale nonsense and a tax cut that’s not even a drop in the ocean compared to what people have already paid.”

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