Lib Dem measures to tackle local NHS crisis rejected by Conservative block vote

Conservative Councillors on Essex County Council  voted down Liberal Democrat proposals to:

  • Help tackle the ‘bed blocking’ crisis on our local NHS. The Lib Dems wanted to increase the money going into social care to help patient people to recuperate in their own homes. This will free up beds in our overloaded local hospitals.
  • Put some more money into road repairs and deliver important safety schemes
  • To invest in new youth services including school lunchtime sessions
  • Tackle Conservative cuts to school transport and recycling centres. We are against petty rules that ban residents recycling decorating material for example.

Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Essex County Council Mike Mackrory, said:

“The Conservatives missed an opportunity to address some of Essex residents’ highest priority concerns – including the number of patients kept in expensive acute hospital beds when they should be at home or in care. There is a crisis in our NHS and social care – we need urgent action now.”

“Overall this budget is further evidence of the need for radical reform. The Conservative Party’s repeated cuts to care and underfunding of the NHS have brought us to the point where many people only receive help when they are at crisis point. It will take more than gambling on an Essex lottery to solve the problem.”

Liberal Democrat Councillors expressed concern at patients taking up expensive acute hospital beds while wards in community hospitals were empty. They proposed making use of these for temporary care, speeding up the delivery of home care and action to increase supply of care in areas with a shortage of home carers or residential beds.
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Chelmsford West County Councillor Jude Deakin spoke powerfully about her father’s experience of waiting to be discharged from hospital because of delays in arranging care.

The Lib Dems didn’t just want to increase spending, we came up with a costed programme of how the County could afford these measures, but the Conservative block voted it down.