Autumn Statement: Government allowing Sutton’s health service to crumble

23 Nov 2023
St Helier Hospital in Carshalton

Liberal Democrats in Sutton have accused the Government of being ‘content with local health services crumbling’ after Wednesday’s Autumn Statement failed to provide additional funding for the NHS.

Before the Autumn Statement, the Liberal Democrats had been calling for the Chancellor to invest in a robust NHS rescue plan to tackle ever-growing treatment backlogs.

These measures included reversing Conservative cuts to vital health services in Sutton, protecting the A&E and Maternity departments at St Helier Hospital, and recruiting 8,000 more GPs across the country.

Bobby Dean, who is running to be the next Lib Dem MP for Carshalton & Wallington, said:

“This Conservative Government seems completely content to sit back and allow our local hospital and health services to crumble. 

“They are either so out of touch they cannot see how many people are struggling to access healthcare, or they simply do not care.

“The Autumn Statement was an opportunity to get people off NHS waiting lists and allow them to return to work so we can rescue our flatlining economy. 

“Instead we got empty promises and a tax cut that’s not even a drop in the ocean compared to what people have already paid.”