General Election 2017: St Albans patient group passes judgement on city’s candidates

St Albans Patient Group members. Supplied by SAPG

St Albans Patient Group members. Supplied by SAPG - Credit: Archant

The St Albans Patient Group (SAPG) last week met to scrutinise the health policies of the constituency’s four General Election candidates.

The policies put forward by Daisy Cooper, Jack Easton, Anne Main, and Kerry Pollard were put under intense scrutiny by the group’s members.

The SAPG had organised a health policy hustings with the candidates, but cancelled it in the wake of last week’s Manchester atrocity.

The group was generally impressed by the candidates’ stances on Britain’s healthcare services.

However, they disagreed on what would be the deciding issue for them when it came to casting their vote.

Some wanted the candidates to stake their opposition to the closures at St Albans city hospital.

Others wanted adequate social services to pick up the slack from the reduced hospital service.

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And others spoke about the shortage of nurses, a new tax to fund the NHS, and a greater role for pharmacists.

An SAPG spokesperson said: “Our NHS is the most valued institution in the whole United Kingdom. Any politician who damages the NHS does so at his or her peril.”