Adam Dance, local councillor with responsibility for public health has launched a campaign to draw attention to our crumbling health services. During meetings with local voters it is the problems of access to doctors and dentists, alongside the difficulty in getting urgent care when needed, that have been of concern.
Adam says:"Yet again the Conservatives have prioritised tax cuts for the better off rather than improving the health services available to Somerset residents.
"Will you help me to add pressure on the Health Secretary and on our local MP to address the serious situation in South Somerset, where getting a GP appointment within a week or access to a NHS dentist, even for a child, is almost impossible. Please support my Campaign and add your voice to these concerns. I will never stop fighting for our NHS; it literally is a matter of life or death."
The recent Autumn Statement intends to reduce National Insurance payments which benefit the better paid more than those on the minimum wage, and fails to address the difficulties faced by the NHS now. The Welfare State funded through the National Insurance payments is to protect the economic and social wellbeing of the public. We are now returning to a system where if you can afford to pay for private treatment all well and good; if not access to health services is extremely difficult, which can have life changing consequences.