Liberal Democrats in West Worcestershire have called on local Conservative MP Harriett Baldwin to back a Lib Dem amendment in Parliament this week calling for a GP and dental care rescue plan.

15 Nov 2023

It comes ahead of a series of crunch votes on the King's Speech in Parliament today (Wednesday 15 November).

The Liberal Democrat amendment:

  • would give a patient a legal right to see their GP within a week and 24-hours if in urgent need 
  • calls on the government to publish a dental recovery plan as promised seven months after a shocking rise in the number of ‘dental deserts’ leaving people struggling to see an NHS dentist when they need to.
  • would ensure the Conservative manifesto pledge of building 40 new hospitals is met, with many hospitals currently facing delays and are not receiving adequate funding. 

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for West Worcestershire, Dan Boatright-Greene said:

“This Conservative government has brought our local health services to their knees. Everyday, people across the area are waiting for doctors’ appointments and cannot find a dentist taking NHS patients.

“Real action on the NHS was glaringly missing from the King’s Speech. Harriett Baldwin needs to back the Liberal Democrat amendment to it and ensure that local health services are put front and centre of the government’s agenda. 

“Anything less would show a callous disregard for those in West Worcestershire stuck on NHS waiting lists, unable to get the treatment that they deserve.”

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