The Liberal Democrats have passed a motion celebrating 70 years of the NHS and the vital work of NHS staff.
Looking ahead to the challenges it will face in the future, we have also passed several new initiatives to tackle the challenges facing the NHS and social care and ensure they can continue delivering vital treatment and care for generations to come.
At Spring Conference in Southport, it was overwhelmingly agreed that the party would hold a review of the current capture, use and ownership of health data, with a view to making recommendations that balance the principles of assisting medical research, protecting the privacy of patients, and guarding against any unjustified concentration of data ownership.
A commitment to introducing additional resources to allow Mental Health Support Teams to be made available in all schools by 2019 was also passed.
Thirdly, to introduce a national scheme of preventative blood pressure monitoring run by community pharmacies.
Speaking from the Conference, Health Spokesperson for the LibDems in the West Midlands, Lee Dargue, praised the ambitious plan to safeguard and improve the NHS and Care services:
“The NHS came into being 70 years ago, after being designed by the great Liberal William Beveridge. A service free at the point of need, for all, must be protected, so that the NHS can continue providing the vital care that we all rely on, for decades to come.”
“The Liberal Democrats know that this will require bold steps which is why we will secure the NHS the funding it needs by raising income tax by a penny in the pound
This has growing public support, and the LibDems are the only Party being open about the funding needed, and where we will find the extra cash.
“We would also re-establish the much-needed student nurse bursaries, and we’ll review how the Health and Care sector can best share data securely, to improve health outcomes for all.
“I’m delighted that the Liberal Democrats have a plan to protect our NHS for future generations. A Liberal created the NHS – only the Liberal Democrats can protect it.”