Whilst the Lib Dems claim that health and care is a national issue, Andy Symons the Labour candidate for Clifton with Maidenway strongly disagrees. He said, “I understand why they don’t want to talk about health and care, after all, they helped the Tories to cut the NHS during the coalition government. But the way we receive health and care and the way people delivering these services are treated, is very much a local issue.
The Council is a key partner alongside the NHS Trust, local providers and GPs. I want to make sure local people have a real voice in the way health and care services are delivered in Torbay.
Over recent years we have seen a major change in the way we access health services. The pandemic has also introduced further changes that may never be reversed. For example, the way we contact our GP and increasingly consultants at the hospital, by telephone or online. We also know that the expectation is that people will have to travel more for treatment. People are already being asked to go to Newton Abbot or even as far as Dawlish for some clinics.
I am not against change, but change needs to be in the interests of patients and the workforce, not just a way of dealing with cuts to NHS funding. I am determined to give local people a voice about these issues. I want to speak for those who don’t have transport, those who find online and telephone services stressful or confusing and I want to give a voice to those within the workforce who are also affected by these changes but find their concerns being ignored. We live in an area with an ageing population. Some local families have had the most terrible year separated from their loved ones. As we come out of the pandemic, they will need someone to speak up for them and to help address the many issues they will still face.”