LibLink: Norman Lamb – Supporting general practice

Norman LambThe GP magazine has run a piece by Lib Dem health minister Norman Lamb on the party’s plans to support general practice.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Liberal Democrats are proud to have ringfenced health spending over the course of this Parliament. With an ageing population, and emerging medical challenges, such as the growth in long-term conditions, facing our health service it may be a given that protecting health spending is a sensible thing to do.

That was not, however, the case in 2010. The coalition has made sure that we have protected the health budget, but the Labour party said that this was irresponsible, and in Wales have cut the health budget by 8%. Sadly, on this crucial area there is simply not consensus.

When faced with these emerging challenges what is needed is to look at how we approach providing health care. We need big shifts in care: from repair to prevention, from fragmentation to integration, from impersonal to personal. That is why we are committed to providing better care, closer to home, and combining health and social care budgets. We also want to see more joined up care – hospitals working with GPs, district nurses and social care workers. There is also an opportunity to better utilise technology in our health service, but at the heart of any changes will be GPs.

You can read Norman’s views in full here.

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2 Comments

  • Peter Watson 22nd Aug '14 - 12:17pm

    “The Liberal Democrats are proud to have ringfenced health spending over the course of this Parliament.”
    Wasn’t promising to ringfence health spending something we criticised the Tories for in 2010?

  • Malcolm Todd 22nd Aug '14 - 1:03pm

    Peter Watson
    “The Liberal Democrats are proud to have ringfenced health spending over the course of this Parliament.”
    Wasn’t promising to ringfence health spending something we criticised the Tories for in 2010?

    Shhhhh…. Don’t you know we have always been at war with Eurasia?

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