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Why GPs should vote Liberal Democrat

As part of our series written by GPs representing different political parties, Dr Alun Griffiths makes the case for the Liberal Democrats

During more than 30 years as a GP in inner-city Bradford, I have seen systems come and go, with only one constant in all that time - the GP who is there for anyone who is sick or believes themselves to be.

I am standing for the Liberal Democrats because they are the only party that has recognised the NHS needs more money and that increasing demand and expectation cannot be met by finding ‘new ways of working’.

The Lib Dems were the first to commit to meeting the funding target of £8bn a year by 2020, very recently the Conservatives have also committed to this although it is not clear where they are planning to get the money from.

It is clear that the other parties are still expecting the difference to be made up by yet more ‘efficiencies’ over and above the optimistic ones already assumed in the £8bn funding requirement laid down by the NHS.

Similarly our proposals to enable more care to be given closer to home are accompanied by recurring funding.

We all know that this is what is needed for sustainable change - not ‘here-today-gone-tomorrow’ initiatives, ‘challenge funds’ and the like.

No one has perfect answers, but the Liberal Democrats have both the right policies, and a commitment to the funding needed to make them happen.

Dr Alun Griffiths is the Lib Dem candidate for Bradford West, where he is also a GP

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  • no need to be rude

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  • Sorry, you are quite right I shouldn't be rude as that would be coming down to the same level as a lot of contributors to this site who are constantly being "rude" to those who choose to vote Conservative and to those who choose to read the Daily Mail.

    My sincere apologies to Dr Griffiths.

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  • Why indeed a bit of a busted flush,I suspected there will be a few liberal losing their seating in May as the electorate protest about the last 5 years.

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  • If you push LVT, UBI and right to access NHS secondary care and scripts from private GPs I'll be all yours.

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  • No amount of extra funding will solve the problem.The appetite grows with eating.
    Time has come to think the unthinkable NHS free at the point of Contact is no longer viable. Unnecessary demand for self inflicting illnesses, trivia and self limiting illness must be discouraged.
    Funding should be combination of Government subsidy, private health insurance and direct patients.People having private health insurance should get tax relief.

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