Friday, 20 February 2015

Quality healthcare for everyone

The Liberal Democrats want to build a fairer society and that’s why we are absolutely committed to the NHS. It is one of the world’s best health services with care based on need, not on your ability to pay.

We have protected the NHS in this parliament while still cutting the deficit and we will back the NHS in the next parliament by providing £8bn per year more by 2020 – the amount the head of the NHS says is needed to keep it sustainable.

We will also hold a review of health and care right after the election so we can keep it fit for the future.

Our top priority is to make sure that mental health is treated equally with physical health.

It is wrong that for decades mental health has been discriminated against in the NHS. We have introduced the first ever access and waiting times standards in mental health and we are pledging £500m a year for better mental health care.