Victory for our NHS campaign
In recent weeks I have been campaigning to make sure that the NHS receives the investment it urgently needs in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
Nearly a thousand of you here in North Norfolk have signed up to my campaign, and you helped me argue the case in government by showing how strongly people feel about our NHS.
Today, the Chancellor will announce that he has agreed to my request: the NHS will be getting a £1.5bn investment straight into the frontline, where it is needed most.
My first priority in the negotiations was to ensure that mental health got its fair share. I am delighted that I have been able to secure an investment of £150m in transforming eating disorder services for young people.
These services have been inadequate in many parts of the country for far too long, sometimes with tragic consequences.
For years in opposition I campaigned for reform to support vulnerable young people, and now it is happening because of Liberal Democrats in government.
There will also be a further £200m allocated this year to start the work of delivering the changes recently set out by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens in his Forward View for the NHS, and £250m a year for the next four years to improve access to GPs across the country.
The future remains extremely challenging for the NHS, and the pressures will continue to increase. Both investment and change are necessary – a greater focus on preventing ill health, more joined up care and a more effective collaboration with the wider community.
But today’s announcement will mean that we can continue to deliver excellent care in the years ahead, work towards delivering on our commitment to complete equality for mental health, and invest in the changes needed to meet the challenges of the future.
So – thank you for your support! And you can still sign up to help my local campaign in North Norfolk on this page.
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Norman Lamb MP