Invest in Our Local Hospitals

The South West has the lowest number of hospital beds and intensive care beds in the country as well as the oldest population. Since 2010 the number of hospital beds in the UK has reduced by 17,000 and now has one of the lowest number of hospital beds per 100,000 people of any advanced economy in the world.

The NHS has experienced the most dramatic spending squeeze over the past decade and now the chickens are coming home to roost. Locally Cirencester Hospital has been downgraded, Cheltenham A&E has been ‘temporarily’ closed and cottage hospitals such as Fairford only survive because of the generosity of local people.

The Lib Dems believe we should be investing in local NHS services not cutting them. By improving our facilities here in the Cotswolds we can relieve the pressure on major hospitals like Gloucester and Swindon.

We, the undersigned, demand that more investment is made into local hospitals to build resilience in our communities and to relieve pressure on larger hospitals.

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