Plans launched for Care Closer To Home Fund

The Liberal Democrats have launched a £2.5bn "Care Closer to Home" fund. It's designed to help people stay healthier for longer, and avoid hospital admissions by investing in care for people in their own homes, GP surgeries, care homes and community clinics.

It's clear to most of us by now that pressures on hospitals usually appear because of problems elsewhere in the health system. Elderly people can't be discharged from hospital because they don't have the appropriate care at home, or mums and dads are forced to take their children to A&E because the GP surgery is closed. 

The fund will create a fairer society that will mean patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place, with them having more control over their treatment and support. 

SO WHAT EXACTLY WILL THE FUND INVEST IN?

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“When has a report launch about Europe had anything less to do with Europe?” – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the launch today of Dr Gerard Lyons' report, titled "The Europe Report - A win-win situation" said:

"When has a report launch about Europe had anything less to do with Europe?

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Network Rail fines are just the start to delivering a better rail service – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the awarding of £53 million in fines to Network Rail due to its poor punctuality record said:

"These fines will be considered by most train passengers as long overdue. Hopefully they will force Network Rail to ensure real improvements take place in the punctuality of rail services.

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