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Council Candidate Jeyan Anketell pledges to make healthcare a priority

February 12, 2018 11:00 AM

Jeyan Anketell is standing for the Lichfield District and City Councils on a platform that reflects the Liberal Democrats commitment to empower and encourage people to live healthier lives. Jeyan has identified the priorities which, as a district councillor, he would be able to act on to improve the health of people in Stowe.

Social Care must be protected to provide services that fit around people's lives. By providing integrated services patients will can receive higher quality, more efficient care. As a councillor, Jeyan would be a reliable voice in support of carers and those in care.

Youth and leisure centres are important in helping people keep themselves healthy. Inactivity is a major concern as it is linked to around a sixth of premature deaths. Exercise has also been shown to have a strong positive effect on mental health. At a time when the Friary Leisure Centre is being passed into private ownership, Jeyan will give the residents an independent voice and represent their interests.

The NHS spends an estimated £2bn a year to treat the effects of sub-standard housing, according to a report by the King's Fund. Investing in local housing pays for itself many times over by keeping people out of hospital and off the streets. Paul Ray, Lib Dem councillor for Chadsmead, has argued passionately for more affordable homes to be built in Lichfield.

The Liberal Democrats want to see our health services properly funded. This will require national action, such as the policy to add a penny to income tax that would raise £6bn a year for the NHS. More on how Lib Dems propose to fund healthcare can be found here. Efforts within the community will also be key. Jeyan Anketell's commitment to healthcare as a councillor would let people take back control of their own well-being.

The most pressing issue facing healthcare in Lichfield is the future of Samuel Johnson Community Hospital. Jeyan Anketell is a part of the campaign Lichfield Liberal Democrats are running to maintain services for people in Lichfield. Attending a recent meeting about the proposed merger of Burton and Derby NHS trusts, Jeyan commented there are some positive signs, such as benefits to recruitment. Overall, the merger has created considerable uncertainty. Residents of Stowe would be able to rely on Jeyan as their councillor to keep them informed about the future of the hospital at the centre of their community.