Local doctor and National Health Action party candidate for the Eastleigh by-election Dr Iain Maclennan has accused the government of setting the cap on the cost of social care too high to help people on low incomes.
Speaking today, he said:
"To have a positive impact, the cap needs to be set much lower. This really doesn’t help low income families and won’t give them enough protection. Most people in Eastleigh don’t have huge mansions to sell off or vast amounts of inherited wealth like those at the top of government. The NHA party’s focus will be on making sure that targets and markets are not allowed to destroy the NHS and social care, and that good care for the elderly is not dependent on ability to pay.”
Andrew Dilnot’s report into the future of social care recommended a cap of £35,000 on care costs.
His reaction comes after the announcement of the defection to the NHA party of Liberal Democrat activist and former Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Wales Dr Graham Winyard.
Dr Winyard, who is the former chair of Winchester and Chandlers Ford Liberal Democrats, has called on the constituents of neighbouring Eastleigh to vote for Dr Maclennan in the by-election at the end of the month.
Dr Maclennan, aged 54, lives in Bursledon, in the borough of Eastleigh. He has just retired from the NHS after serving as GP for some years and more recently as a consultant in public health with the local Hampshire Primary Care Trust. He also served 10 years in the Royal Navy. Iain Maclennan will be standing up for everyone who wants our NHS restored and improved, not broken up and sold for private profit – and for all those who have had enough of the sleaze of the mainstream parties.
Speaking about the continuing scandal over horsemeat, Dr Maclennan said:
"It's astonishing that yesterday the Environment Minister said horsemeat could be "injurious" to people's health but today he's saying all beef products are safe to eat. We have a government we can't even trust to ensure the food we are eating is safe".
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IAIN MACLENNAN: 023 8040 7274; mob 07958 418078, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ann McGauran (press liaison) : 07710 099635; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE TO EDITORS: The National Health Action Party was launched last November. Further details are available from the website www.nationalhealthaction.org.uk