Health Secretary Maria Caulfield has said the Conservatives could win a fifth term if the government can return to “business as usual”.
Visiting the Brighton Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Amex Stadium in Falmer yesterday, the Lewes MP said her constituents had urged the Government to “get on with the job”.
She said: “The leadership competition is only a few weeks away. Once we have a new prime minister in office and a more stable period, it will be business as usual and back to business as usual.”
The center was one of three centers built across Sussex, providing services close to home for people to meet rising demand, manage the NHS backlog and get earlier diagnoses for patients.
Ms Caulfield said: “Patients here have told me that this center is quite accessible; It has good train and bus connections and good parking compared to other parts of the county.
“Also the experience is so much quieter than a busy acute trust, so the patient experience is better and staff can plan their workload.
“I think such centers are really the diagnoses of the future.”
She also said the government is making progress to address the backlog caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“If you look at our two-year wait for procedures, we’re almost done with that, so it’s the people who’ve waited a little less than we’re getting through now.
“Once we have cleared this backlog, we would like these diagnostic centers to continue to be used by the local community. The goal is for a family doctor to be able to directly contact someone here who needs an X-ray or who needs to see a physiotherapist so that we can diagnose people faster.”
Ms Caulfield also congratulated the Lionesses after their win over Germany in Sunday’s European Championship final.
She said: “I am very pleased that the women have succeeded where the men have failed.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20593615.tories-can-win-2024-health-minister-maria-caulfield-says/?ref=rss “Tories can win in 2024,” said Health Secretary Maria Caulfield