Winchester’s elderly population is being put at risk, warns Liberal Democrat candidate Paula Ferguson as Conservatives propose 43.1m cuts in adult social care and public health, including a 13% reduction in falls prevention.
The proposals have been made by the Conservative County Councillors as part of their detailed Transformation to 2021 plans to slash the cost of Adult Social Care and Public Health provision in Hampshire.
“These Conservative proposals demonstrate that the “end of austerity” is smoke and mirrors. These further cuts are a risk to public health that will place greater pressure on the NHS,” said Paula Ferguson. “As a health minister, our local MP has been at the heart of a government that has presided over a decade of mismanagement and ill conceived cuts. These plans reveal that this process is continuing by stealth and that electioneering promises of more money for our NHS and public services are a sham.”
The Winchester and Chandler’s Ford candidate argues that hospitals already under unsustainable pressure from an ageing population will be further threatened if public health measures to protect at risk elderly people are cut.
“This week I was privileged to join a local ambulance crew for a shift. Already an incredibly high proportion of their call outs are to assist elderly people hurt by trips and falls. Like our hospitals, our ambulance services are doing heroic work despite ever-tightening budgets. To take away public health and adult social care measures that keep people out of hospital in the first place shows how the Conservatives’ stealth austerity plans will continue to hurt the most vulnerable in society.”