Norman Lamb wants an extra £4bn to be spent on the NHS this year

Norman Lamb MP speaks at the Liberal Democrats Autumn conference in Brighton, Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIAT

Norman Lamb MP speaks at the Liberal Democrats Autumn conference in Brighton, Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 17, 2016. See PA story POLITICS LibDems. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Norfolk MP Norman Lamb wants an extra £4bn to be pumped into the NHS and social care by the chancellor on Wednesday.

The former health minister says the NHS in East Anglia should get an £86m boost, while social care services in Norfolk and Suffolk should be given a £65m cash injection under the plan.

He wants to see the extra money spent on keeping people out of hospital, primary care and projects like digitising the NHS so records are no longer sent by fax machine. The funding boost would also see an extra £500m spent on mental health.

It comes after tens of thousands of demonstrators took part in a national demonstration to oppose NHS cuts at the weekend where

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for this week's budget to properly fund the health service, social care and crucial mental health services.

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He said: 'The NHS is in crisis, in crisis because of the underfunding in social care and the people not getting the care and support they need.

'There are those waiting on trolleys and those who are desperate to get into an A&E department waiting hours for treatment.

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'It is not the fault of the staff. It is the fault of a Government who have made a political choice.'

Mr Lamb is leading a cross-party delegation to meet the prime minister's health advisor following this week's budget to discuss a long-term plan for health funding.

The Liberal Democrat Norfolk MP said borrowing should be increased to pay for the 2017/18 spending boost - but his party were looking at options for tax increases to fund increases in spending on health and social care.

Mr Lamb said they needed to level with the public about the need to increase taxes to fund the NHS and care system - but insisted he did not want to plough money in to the system without transforming it. Following the weekend protest the Department for Health said: 'We are committed to the NHS which is why we're investing £10 billion in its own plan for the future, including £4bn extra this year to transform services and improve standards of care.'

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