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  • VInce Cable
    Article: Feb 10, 2018
    By Vince Cable in i News

    The scales of bravado about Britain's strength in future trade negotiations fell briefly from the Prime Minister's eyes this week. I challenged her in the Commons about the Trump administration's ambition to see US companies take over profitable parts of the NHS.

    Her response was revealingly weak and non-committal. Apparently we'll have to see "what the American Administration are going to say about their requirements".

  • Article: Feb 10, 2018
    By Emily Norton in Lincolnshire Reporter

    The trust which runs hospitals in Lincolnshire filled less than two in every 10 full time equivalent (FTE) vacancies in the last four months.

    United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust is currently advertising 753 FTE vacancies compared with a staggering 901 in September 2017, a 16% difference.

    The biggest proportion of staffing shortages was logged in the registered nursing and midwifery field, where vacancies have in fact increased by 7%, from 295 to 317.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2018


    A new tax earmarked solely for the NHS and social care is among the recommendations from a panel of 10 experts in a report on healthcare reform commissioned by the Liberal Democrats.

    Download the report here

    This heavyweight report, Health and Social Care: Delivering a Secure Funding Future, will form the blueprint of the Lib Dems' ongoing healthcare policy.

  • LDDA Logo
    Article: Feb 3, 2018

    The average age of people in England who have a stroke for the first time has fallen over the past decade, new figures show. It dropped from 71 to 68 for men and 75 to 73 for women between 2007 and 2016, Public Health England data shows. Over the same period, the proportion of first-time strokes suffered by 40 to 69-year-olds rose from 33% to 38%.

  • LDDA Logo
    Article: Feb 2, 2018

    Frail and vulnerable patients are being trapped in an "endless cycle" of going in and out of hospitals in England, the British Red Cross is warning. The charity said the pressure on the NHS meant hospitals were rushing some patients home before they were ready and without adequate checks being made. It said its staff had found patients in distressing situations, sent back to homes with no heating or lighting.

  • Woman comforting girl.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018
    By Norman Lamb

    This lays bare the stark discrimination experienced by people with mental ill health at the heart of our NHS.

    Shocking evidence of discrimination against people with severe mental illness has been uncovered by the Liberal Democrats, as a national survey reveals that a flagship treatment programme for psychosis is not being properly delivered in most parts of the country.

  • NHS logo
    Article: Jan 24, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    In our latest video, Vince Cable sets out our honest, practical and fully-costed plan to save the NHS. Watch it now - then back our plan.

    This Winter's NHS Crisis is one of the worst for a long time - and for me, it's brought one thing into sharp focus.

    Our NHS needs urgent investment - and we are the only party that is honest about how we do that.

  • Surgeons
    Article: Jan 8, 2018

    We need to make sure the NHS is on a firm and sustainable footing for the future. The last few weeks events show that it is not.

    Today, Lord Saatchi backed called for a Royal Commission on the NHS. His call is very welcome.

    The Liberal Democrats have long called for a cross party NHS and Care Convention, bringing together stakeholders from across the political spectrum, along with staff, patient groups and members of the public to look at how we can tackle the funding and workforce pressures on the service in the long term.

    Tribal politics has failed to provide a solution to the existential challenges facing the NHS and social care.

    The winter crisis of the past few weeks is unfortunate proof that the current situation is unsustainable, and these pressures will only get worse as we contend with an ageing population and rising demand for care and treatment.

    In the interim the government should also back Liberal Democrat calls to add a penny in the pound on income tax to raise a vital £6bn a year cash injection for our NHS and social care.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Jan 6, 2018
    By Norman Lamb MP in Politics Home

    Former Care Minister Norman Lamb MP repeats calls for a cross-party review of the health and social care funding settlement, to ensure it is sustainable in the longer term following news this week that tens of thousands of patients will have their operations delayed.

    A deluge of reports about the strain on our NHS and social care systems have become an unwelcome, and all-too-predictable, feature of the Christmas and new year period. This week, we heard that tens of thousands of patients will have their operations delayed, as over-stretched hospitals struggle to meet the growing demand for care.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Stefan Pidluznyj in Lincolnshire Reporter

    NHS bosses in Lincolnshire are warning people to expect long waits at A&E departments across the county.

    United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the county's hospitals, has said that it has seen a high number of very sick patients in recent days.

    This has meant that the trust has had to cancel some operations.

    Health chiefs are urging people to consider using a local pharmacy, walk-in centre or urgent care centre, as the A&E department will prioritise the sickest patients.

    Simon Evans, director of operations at ULHT, said: "As part of our winter plan we schedule fewer non-urgent and non-cancer operations so we are able to prioritise emergency patients.

    "Like many trusts we have seen a high number of very sick patients in our hospitals with complex health needs, which means despite our best efforts due to the demand we are not able to admit all patients for their routine operations as planned.

    "We have had to cancel a small number of operations, including four yesterday across the trust. Not all of these were due to winter pressures or bed capacity.

    "We recognise that cancelling operations and procedures is very distressing for our patients and their families and we apologise for this. We will try to rearrange appointments as quickly as possible.

    "The advice to patients is that if you do not hear from us, please assume that your appointment or operation will be taking place and attend as normal."