“Our NHS needs an extra £8 billion,” says Jonathan Chatfield.
“Only the Lib Dems have promised to invest this amount in our health service and have a costed plan for where to find the money. “
The Conservatives refuse to say how they will fund any increases in health spending.
“People know that Conservative MPs can’t be trusted with the NHS. Many of them admire the American system and want to privatise it.”
“If I’m elected as MP for South East Cambridgeshire, my top priority will be safeguarding our NHS and the quality care it delivers.”
Under our plans, Liberal Democrats will deliver the £8bn the NHS needs by the end of the next Parliament through three steps:
1) The extra £1.7bn that the Liberal Democrats successfully secured in the Autumn Statement for 2015/16 will be maintained.
2) In addition to this funding, we will invest a further £1bn in real terms in 2016/17 - of which £250m we secured in this year's budget. This will be paid for by restricting reliefs on Capital Gains Tax and scrapping the Conservative shares for rights scheme.
3) Once we have finished the job of tackling the deficit in 2017/18, we will increase health spending in line with growth in the economy.