Patients in Oxfordshire will benefit from £4.8m of new investment per year under a new “Care Closer to Home” fund launched by the Liberal Democrats. This is part of £16m of investment earmarked across the Thames Valley.
The Liberal Democrats “Care Closer to Home” fund would safeguard the NHS by investing in care in people’s own homes, GP surgeries, care homes and community clinics. This will help people to stay healthier for longer and avoid hospital admissions. The total package amounts to a staggering £2.5bn of investment, £500m a year over the next five years.
Approximately 551 GPs and 650,000 people locally are set to benefit from the new Care Closer to Home fund worth nearly £5m of additional investment to be provided for NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Layla Moran, Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon said:
"Locally we have some of the best hospitals and GPs in the country, but we know they are under increasing pressure and residents I speak to are worried about its future. I am delighted the Liberal Democrats have made the NHS a priority in this election."
Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:
“The pressure hospitals across Thames Valley face is often symptomatic of problems elsewhere in the NHS. Our older people can’t get discharged because they don’t have a care home place or their home hasn’t been properly adapted. Mums and dads face having to take their child to A&E because the GP is closed.
"Our new Care Closer to Home fund creates a fairer society, investing £16m in the Thames Valley to ensure patients get the right care, at the right time, in the right place with more control over their treatment and support.”
Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb added:
“We want to build a fairer society and that means better care closer to home for everyone. We are backing the NHS and that’s why we are announcing £16m new funding for 2 million people in the Thames Valley.
“I am calling on all parties to match our commitment to get the NHS the £8bn a year extra funding NHS bosses say it needs by the end of the next parliament to safeguard it for the future. I am also calling on all parties to join us in an open, non partisan review of the health and care budget so that we can safeguard our NHS for the future”.