Health and Social Care
We recognize the crucial role that the local council plays in health and social care provision. We will:
- Respect the important role volunteers and family members play in providing social care, by providing fair funding arrangements, more respite days and educational, medical, and social opportunities. Last year this Labour council recently proposed measures for reassessing night time allowance for carers, that would have left them around £1400 a year worse off, even when that care was provided by the families. The Liberal Democrats campaigned to force its withdrawal. The proposal was successfully withdrawn, in a major victory for Enfield's carers. We will always oppose such measures.
- Tackle the social reasons for social care problems within our community, such as isolation, poverty, poorly-funded community services and difficulties in transitioning out of long-term hospital stays.
- Investing in, and prioritizing, mental health. Despite accounting for approximately 25% of all illnesses, the nation’s average council spends around 1% of public health budgets on mental health services. We will especially focus on strengthening access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Also working to promote and improve accessibility to the “Let’s Talk" IAPT psychological therapies programme.
- Prioritizing prevention strategies, including the use of green spaces, leisure centres, and schools in preventing illness and promoting good health. Expanding outdoor gyms is one way of doing this, as is promoting physical activity in schools and care homes.
- Ensure that all major housing developments in the borough plan potential sites to encourage the opening of new GP surgeries avoid further pressures on our already overstretched resources.
- We will promote and consult with Enfield's great social workers on how to best support them. They are the often overlooked public sector workers doing an incredibly difficult job. Much of their work is dealing with the social fall out to the continued Tory cuts. They need to feel they have our full support to ensure retention and recruitment.