Calls for cross party cooperation to tackle healthcare crisis

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Former Health Minister Norman Lamb MP is leading calls to create a commission to deal with the ‘existential crisis’ facing UK Healthcare. He calls for a commission without party politics to work towards finding solutions to ease the unprecedented levels of pressure placed on NHS and social care settings.

He has already began to build support for this movement with former health secretaries across party divides. He hopes to secure the future for the NHS and social care system by bringing together minds to formulate a plan to better address the care funding gap- especially within social care which is anticipated to be £6bn in deficit by 2020.

Norman Lamb said of his plans: – “The NHS and social care face an existential crisis. Demand for services continues to rise year on year but funding is failing to keep up. The position in social care is perhaps even more serious.

“Growing pressures on services are so severe that all parties must come together to fundamentally re-think how we can guarantee the future of the NHS and social care services.

“The Government cannot avoid this issue any longer. Establishing this commission will show they are serious about protecting these vital public services.”

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