Significant changes to the Government’s NHS plans for England are a sign of the Liberal Democrats’ strength in government, says Jo.
The Lib Dems are confident that significant changes will be made to the Government’s Health Bill to address concerns raised by the public, medical professionals and the party, who led the call for changes at the Lib Dems’ Spring Conference in March.
The Government has completed a listening exercise during a break in the passage of the Bill to hear the concerns.
Amongst the Liberal Democrats’ key demands are that changes are not rushed into, and that there will be no privatisation of the NHS, which should remain fully accountable at both local and national levels.
Commenting, Jo said:
“Whilst the Government’s NHS reforms don’t directly affect East Dunbartonshire, I’m sure residents will have been following the progress of this debate south of the border. The significant changes being made to the Health Bill show the Lib Dems are continuing to listen to people’s concerns and standing up for them in Government.
“The Liberal Democrats have been clear from the start that there must be no privatisation of the NHS and that it must remain universal, based on need and free at the point of use. With an ageing population and rising costs it is clear the NHS can’t stand still, but these changes are too important to get wrong.
“I am proud that Nick Clegg and my Lib Dem colleagues have been working to ensure the concerns raised by the public and medical professionals have been heard and addressed.”