Good health is a prerequisite to taking full advantage of life’s opportunities, and we must do all we can to help people stay healthy as well as provide high-quality care when they are ill.
As a population, we are living longer – but that means more people are living with conditions like diabetes and dementia and they need help to live with dignity and the maximum degree of independence. We must set the highest standards in care, abolishing the artificial boundaries that prevent health and social care services working together.
Health and wellbeing are affected by far more than just the quality of health and social care services, so we will work to improve the wider factors that affect people’s health such as warm homes, clean air and access to exercise and healthy food so that everyone can have the best chance to lead a healthy life.
There remains the possibility after 2021 that Charing Cross Hospital will be downgraded and lose its A&E facilities, leaving an urgent care centre just 13 percent the size of the original hospital, with at least 60 per cent of the site being replaced with luxury flats. We fully support campaigns to prevent the closure of these services.
The Liberal Democrats would
- Support the Save Charing Cross Hospital campaign.
- Maintain free Home Care services.
- Work with community groups and charities to extend the confidential and free mental health services available to those who need urgent assistance 24 hours a day.
- Within the planning and design of any new urban space, invite the active participation of people with physical disabilities to ensure the surroundings are accessible for all.
- Assess every green space and park in the borough to be certain that there is excellent provision for sports, including physical activity spaces such as outdoor gyms. Green spaces are now recognised as being hugely important for improving our health and wellbeing.