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Autumn Statement: Government allowing Hampshire’s health service to crumble

22 Nov 2023
Jeremy Hunt

Before the Autumn Statement, the party had been calling for the Chancellor to invest in a robust NHS rescue plan as ever-growing treatment backlogs have stalled the economy, damaging both growth and quality of life. 

These measures would have included reversing Conservative cuts to vital public health services in Hampshire and delivering 8,000 more GPs across the country to create 65 million more appointments every year.

It comes as the Liberal Democrats have warned that treatment backlogs are damaging economic growth. A poll commissioned by the party showed that one in seven people had taken a significant length of time off work whilst waiting for treatment on the NHS.

Apart from ignoring the crisis in our health service, the Chancellor proposed tax changes that will not ‘touch the sides’ after years of unfair tax hikes that Conservative MPs Paul Holmes and Steve Brine have consistently voted in favour of.

Liz Jarvis, Liberal Democrat candidate for Eastleigh, said:

“This Conservative Government seems completely content to sit back and allow our local health services to crumble. 

“They are either so out of touch they cannot see how many people are struggling to access healthcare, or they simply do not care.

“The Autumn Statement was an opportunity to get people off NHS waiting lists and allow them to return to work so we can rescue our flatlining economy. 

“Instead we got empty promises, stale nonsense and a tax cut that’s not even a drop in the ocean compared to what people have already paid.”