Health Service is 'sick of targets' - Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate


Dr Richard Brighton, the Liberal Democrats Parliamentary candidate for Sutton Coldfield and an expert on health policy, has attacked the Labour government's target culture in the National Health Service explaining why it's particularly bad for Sutton Coldfield.

Speaking to the local paper Sutton News, Dr Brighton, who is a former member of North Birmingham Primary Care Trust, said: "I got so frustrated with the NHS - it was so target driven. I did not think it was creating as much benefit as it was costing."

"Public services should be responsive and good quality. I would like to see more local democracy input to public services, making people accountable. You have got to have good local decisions yet more and more are being made in Whitehall. Funding has become more difficult for Sutton since Labour targets moved to deprivation rather than age.

Dr Brighton added that: "People are fed up with Labour. The frustrating thing for me is that people are fed up with politics as a whole. I have to tell them that to make things better, they need to get involved."