Throughout his first autumn convention speech as occasion chief, he mentioned extra rapidly treating pressing instances of the illness would “enhance survival charges” and reduce NHS spending.
Sir Ed linked healthcare with financial development, saying: “We are able to’t construct the financial system we’d like with seven million folks caught on NHS ready lists.
“We are able to’t develop the financial system with 2.5 million folks shut out of the labour market by long-term bodily and psychological sickness.”
The Kingston and Surbiton MP, who misplaced each his dad and mom to most cancers as a baby, made tackling the illness the centrepiece of his keynote speech on the convention in Bournemouth.
The Lib Dems would additionally put money into new radiotherapy machines and higher assist for most cancers sufferers and their households in a £4 billion NHS most cancers therapy plan.
“Far too many individuals are nonetheless ready, far too lengthy for a analysis, or to start out therapy after being recognized,” Sir Ed mentioned.
“Final 12 months, the Authorities promised a brand new Ten-12 months Most cancers Plan. It was presupposed to be ‘a looking out new imaginative and prescient for the way we’ll lead the world in most cancers care’. This 12 months – after two modifications of Prime Minister and three modifications of Well being Secretary – that plan has been junked. Yet one more casualty of all of the Conservative chaos.
He added: “I’m saying our new and impressive plan to finish unacceptable most cancers delays and enhance survival charges.
“We are going to maintain the Authorities to account for each goal it misses and each affected person it fails.”
Sir Ed started his speech by poking enjoyable on the Tory authorities, saying “clown” is the “unsuitable C-word” for the Conservatives.
Abba’s Take a Probability on Me blasted from the convention corridor audio system as he walked out on stage
Sir Ed recalled how he branded the Authorities “clowns” following the Somerton and Frome by-election earlier this 12 months, earlier than including: “Clowns didn’t crash our financial system and ship rates of interest hovering.
“Clowns didn’t let water corporations make billions in income whereas dumping filthy sewage into our rivers and onto our seashores.
“Clowns didn’t plunge our NHS into disaster, pushing ready lists to report highs. Clowns didn’t waste billions of kilos – of our cash – on dodgy PPE contracts.
“Clowns didn’t prop up a mendacity, law-breaking prime minister – after which enable him to place his cronies within the Home of Lords.
“Clowns didn’t do it. The Conservatives did.
“So, let me take this chance to apologise unreservedly to that occasion member, and to the entire clowning group.
“I’m sorry. I used the unsuitable c-word.”
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