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Lib Dem Council Candidate says "Use vote on 22 Feb to tell Conservatives enough is enough"

February 7, 2018 12:02 AM
By Jeyan Anketell

Liberal Democrat Council candidate Jeyan Anketell has slammed the Conservative government and Conservative Staffordshire County Council for the catastrophic state of public services in Lichfield and Burntwood.

He says;

"There is a third by-election in Lichfield in Stowe on 22 February and I urge residents to vote Lib Dem. We have the policies to invest in our public services - and these are sensible and properly funded.

So vote Jeyan Anketell Lib Dem to give the Conservatives a direct message that our public services can't take any further strain." Jeyan Anketell and Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Ray both urge the Conservative councillors and MPs in Staffordshire to pressurise government for more funding for the people of this county.

"Last year Conservative Surrey County Council risked taking on the government to get more funds for its residents, and succeeded in obtaining "experimental" extra funds for Surrey. Only last week-end Conservative-controlled Northamptonshire County publicly complained that central government funding was so inadequate they were having to cut essential services. The vast majority of County, District and City Councillors and MPs in Staffs are Conservative. So why aren't they standing up for their county like Surrey did?

Budgets are being set now and Staffordshire County Council is facing a massive £64m black hole over the next three years which will hit our schools, roads and in particular care services.

Theresa May has been forced to apologise for tens of thousands of delayed operations. Many local NHS trusts are now on high alert due to staffing shortages and a lack of beds caused by Conservative failure to invest in health and social care.

I recently attended a briefing session on the proposed merger of Burton Hospitals Trust with Derby Hospitals Trust. The CEO of Burton Hospitals Trust pointed out that on its own Burton Hospital was unable to attract its full medical staffing complement without having to pay well over the odds for temporary private agency staff, and that there is a national shortage of medical staff at all levels, from Consultants to Nursing Assistants. This sits oddly with Jeremy Hunt's claim that NHS medical staffing levels are at their highest ever!

Every day seems to bring more bad news about the state of the health and care service and the blame lies firmly at the Government's door. Patients are paying the price for heartless Conservative cuts.

It's time to give the Conservatives a direct message by voting Lib Dem on 22 Feb. And it's time the NHS and care services get the extra cash they desperately need. Lib Dems would do this by putting a penny on Income Tax to raise an extra £6bn a year.

This would mean millions more for the NHS and Staffs County Council, ensuring people get high-quality care when they need it."