Health & Social Care


Only the Liberal Democrats have a joined up approach to health and social care, keeping our NHS free and funded for the future. Here’s a summary of our manifesto proposals:

  • 1p in the pound on income tax to raise £6bn for NHS and social care services

  • Transform mental health care and waiting times

  • Limit the amount elderly people have to pay for social care

  • Guarantee the rights of all NHS and social care service staff who are EU nationals to stay in the UK

  • End the public sector pay freeze for NHS workers

  • Reinstate student nurse bursaries

  • Protect NHS whistle-blowers

  • Produce a national workforce strategy to prevent shortage of GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and other NHS staff

  • Increase access to mental health talking therapies

  • Examine the case for introducing a dedicated service for children and young people based on the Australian 'headspace' model

  • Early mental health support for pregnant women, new mothers and those who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth

  • Fast-track exceptional graduates into children's social work and encourage high-achieving graduates to pursue a career in mental health social work

  • Tackle stigma against mental ill-health

  • Ensure that LGBT+ inclusive mental health services receive funding and support

  • Raise the amount people earn before losing the Carer's Allowance from £110 to £150 a week

  • Promote easier access to GPs and prevent practice closures

  • HIV prevention available on the NHS

  • Develop a just settlement for haemophiliacs who were given contaminated blood

  • Tackle childhood obesity

In Cornwall, Lib Dems have been champions against the raw deal our Health and Social Care system gets for years - we know how important it is to ensure our hospitals and GP surgeries are protected and funded properly, particularly in our rural areas.


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