Who can we trust to continue fighting for our local NHS in Kingston & Surbiton?
Submitted by webmaster on Sat, 21/03/2015
The National Health Service is dear to all our hearts. It’s where our family members were looked after when they were at their most vulnerable and where our children were born.
No wonder it’s emerged as the key issue facing voters as we approach the election to choose Kingston’s next MP in May.
With his record of fighting for Kingston and Surbiton’s NHS, from leading the campaign to save A&E and maternity units at Kingston Hospital to his efforts to secure the funding to build the new Surbiton Health Centre, there’s no doubt that local Lib Dem Ed Davey has established his credentials as a champion for NHS services.
And with the election just a handful of weeks away, he’s once again putting local health services at the centre of his offer to local residents.
“There really is nothing more important than the quality and provision of health services for people living in our borough,” he explained.
“It’s no wonder that our NHS are our most treasured public service and that it is held in such high esteem.
But with an ageing population and new pressures to face, the NHS needs our support more than ever.
“Since I was first elected we’ve had real success in fighting for Kingston’s NHS, whether securing new health centres in Chessington and Surbiton, fighting for the future of Kingston Hospital or stopping privatisation of some NHS surgeries.
“But we must make sure that the local NHS continues to get the investment it deserves to face a new generation of patients and problems.
“After years of under-investment in mental health, I’m delighted that Tolworth Hospital is set to receive £60m of additional investment, and I’m campaigning for a new walk-in centre for residents in Chessington and the south of the borough.
“And most important of all, I want to deliver an additional £8bn of funding for the NHS in the next Parliament. The money has been requested by the head of NHS England, but apart from the Lib Dems, not a single party has pledged to do the same.”
But Ed is also clear that despite the phenomenal endeavours of the NHS staff who run our hospitals and health centres, local health services face real threats.
“I’m really worried about the Conservatives’ spending plans if they win a majority at the next election.
“They want to slash another £50bn from public services, whatever the impact on our NHS and other vital services.
“When I was first elected Kingston’s NHS had been neglected for decades and desperately needed investment.
“If the Tories win in places like Kingston in May, I fear they will be on course to win a majority and drag our health services back to the poor services and waiting lists of the 1990s.”
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