Lib Dems have worked hard to make changes to NHS Bill

June 15, 2011 9:46 AM
Nick Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats have worked hard in Government to make sure that widespread concerns about NHS reform have been properly addressed, in an announcement made today. The following changes come as a direct result of Lib Dem pressure within government:
  • There will be no special favours for the private sector
  • The pace of change will be slowed down to ensure that changes are not rushed
  • The NHS will be properly accountable - both nationally and locally.

Labour left our NHS struggling with out-of-control bureaucracy and wasting billions of pounds each year. That's why we need to act now to ensure the NHS continues to deliver the best services for patients across Britain.

The Lib Dems in Government have worked hard to deliver better services for NHS patients. Early successes include:

  • Extra cash for cancer drugs no longer will many patients be refused access to vital drugs
  • A big investment in - and a fresh approach to - tackling mental health issues.
  • £800 million to help disabled children and their families - more support for carers than ever before.

Cllr David KendallCommenting Lib Dem Leader and Parlaimentary Spokesman Cllr David Kendall said:

"I am proud of the way the Liberal Democrats have listened and acted to address concerns about changes in the NHS. The Bill is now a whole lot better and will make sure decisions are made in the best interests of patients".

"Liberal Democrats believe the NHS must always be universal, based on need and free at the point of use. We have ensured there will be no special favours for the private sector, proper accountability and that the changes are not rushed into before people are ready to take on new responsibilities".

"But this is no time for resting on our laurels. The NHS still faces huges challenges, with an ageing population and the rising costs of new drugs and technologies. I am confident that with the changes made to this Bill the NHS will now be in a better shape to meet those challenges".

You can read more about how Lib Dems are protecting the NHS here.