The BMA is a non partisan organisation. The BMA General Election Manifesto 2017 for health has 5 main points. I have spelled them out below and looked at the manifestos on health in the following documents

Conservative Party manifesto

Labour Party Manifesto on Health

Liberal Democrat Party Manifesto

Green Party Manifesto

(nb UKIP to be added in the next few days).

You can also see BMA Summaries of the three main part manifestos on health

BMA Summary of Labour Manifesto on Health

BMA Summary of Conservative Manifesto on Health

BMA Summary of LibDem Manifesto on Health

 

I have copied from the manifestos them and arranged them in an order corresponding to the BMA Manifesto on Health with minimal editing. If I have missed at any manifesto promises I will respond to any notification. I have also included manifesto commitments on health matters that do not link into the BMA manifesto as separate groups.

To find out what you prospective parliamentary candidate view is the BMA has put together a way of e-mailing individual candidates or all of your PPCs go to

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DISSECTING THE MANIFESTOS

1.     Politicians must commit to a long-term funding solution for the NHS

 The BMA calls on all political parties to:

– bring UK health spending in line with the average spent by Europe’s 10 leading economies: increasing it from the current level of 9.8% to 10.4% of GDP.

LABOUR would

  • invest in our NHS, to give patients the modern, well-resourced services they need for the 21st century.
  • commit to over £30 billion in extra funding over the next Parliament through increasing income tax for the highest 5 per cent of earners and by increasing tax on private medical insurance,
  • introduce a new Office for Budget Responsibility for Health to oversee health spending and scrutinise how it is spent.Will create a new quality, safety and excellence regulator – to be called ‘NHS Excellence’.
  •  reverse privatisation of our NHS and return our health service into expert public control.
  • repeal the Health and Social Care Act that puts profits before patients, and make the NHS the preferred provider.
  • reinstate the powers of the Secretary of State for Health to have overall responsibility for the NHS.
  • introduce a new legal duty on the Secretary of State and on NHS England to ensure that excess private profits are not made out of the NHS at the expense of patient care.
  • ensure that NHS patients get the world-class quality of care they need and that staff are able to deliver the standards that patients expect.
  • guarantee and uphold the standards of service to which patients are legally entitled under the NHS constitution …..guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks.
  • guarantee that patients can be seen in A&E within four hours.
  • By properly resourcing the NHS….. stop the routine breach of safe levels of bed occupancy, and we will end mixed-sex wards.
  • deliver the Cancer Strategy for England in full by 2020, helping 2.5 million people living with cancer.
  • by properly resourcing ambulance services, we will end the scandal of slowing ambulance-response times.
  • boost capital funding for the NHS, to ensure that patients are cared for in buildings and using equipment that are fit for the 21st century.
  • invest in our health and care workforce.
  • free up resources by halving the fees paid to management consultants.

CONSERVATIVES would

  • Deliver exceptional healthcare, whenever, wherever, delivered by an NHS with the money, buildings and people it needs
  • enable more care to be delivered closer to home, by building and upgrading primary care facilities, mental health clinics and hospitals in every part of England. this will amount to the most ambitious programme of investment in buildings and technology the NHS has ever seen.
  • provide the NHS with the resources it needs and holding it accountable for delivering exceptional care to patients wherever and whenever they need it.
  •  increase NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years, delivering an increase in real funding per head of the population for every year of the parliament.
  • ensure that the NHS and social care system have the nurses, midwives, doctors, carers and other health professionals that it needs.
  • continue this investment, doing something the NHS has never done before, and train the doctors our hospitals and surgeries need.
  • ensure that the NHS has the buildings and technology it needs to deliver care properly and efficiently.
  • expand the use of personal budgets.
  • In cancer services deliver the new promise to give patients a definitive diagnosis within 28 days by 2020, while expanded screening and a major radiotherapy equipment upgrade will help ensure many more people survive cancer.

LIBDEM would

  • have an immediate 1p rise on the basic, higher and additional rates of Income Tax to raise £6 billion additional revenue, which would be ringfenced to be spent only on NHS and social care services.
  • Direct this additional investment to the following priority areas in the health and care system: social care, primary care (and other out-of-hospital care), mental health and public health. This represents the most efficient and effective way of spending these extra resources – ensuring they will have the greatest impact on the quality of care patients receive.
  • In the longer term and as a replacement for the 1p Income Tax rise, commission the development of a dedicated health and care tax on the basis of wide consultation, possibly based on a reform of National Insurance contributions, which will bring together spending on both services into a collective budget and set out transparently, on people’s payslips, what we spend on them.
  • Establish a cross-party health and social care convention, bringing together stakeholders from all political parties, patients groups, the public and professionals from within the health and social care system to carry out a comprehensive review of the longer-term sustainability of the health and social care finances and workforce, and the practicalities of greater integration. We would invite the devolved administrations to be a part of this work.
  • Introduce a statutory independent budget monitoring agency for health and care, similar to the Office for Budget Responsibility. This would report every three years on how much money the system needs to deliver safe and sustainable treatment and care, and how much is needed to meet the costs of projected increases in demand and any new initiatives – to ensure any changes in services are properly costed and affordable. Our longer-term objective will be to bring together NHS and social care into one seamless service – pooling budgets in every area by 2020 and developing integrated care organisations.

GREENS would

  • Roll back privatisation of the NHS to ensure that all health and dental services are always publicly provided and funded, and free at the point of access, via the introduction of an NHS Reinstatement Act.
  • Close the NHS spending gap and provide an immediate cash injection, to ensure everyone can access a GP, hospitals can run properly, and staff are fairly paid.
  • Have a single budget covering health and social services, to make life easier for people who need to access several types of service.

2.     Politicians must address the pressures across the healthcare system that prevent the delivery of high-quality, safe care

The BMA calls on all political parties to

  • invest in the medical workforce over the long term by creating a supportive working environment, with fair terms and conditions, to attract and keep thedoctors we need to deliver the safe and effective care that patients expect
  • prioritise high-quality training and education at every stage of a medical career.
  • agree and implement a long-term solution to the funding, capacity and staffing challenges overwhelming the health and social care systems
  • stop the routine breach of safe levels of bed occupancy and work with local government to reduce the impact of pressures in social care.
  • ensure STPs (sustainability and transformation plans) in England – which have become a vehicle for delivering cuts – are instead realistic, evidence-based and properly funded,with patient care as the priority, and undergo full consultation with clinicians, patients and the public before changes are finalised.

LABOUR would

  • will ensure that NHS patients get the world-class quality of care they need and that staff are able to deliver the standards that patients expect.
  • guarantee and uphold the standards of service to which patients are legally entitled under the NHS constitution …..guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks.
  • guarantee that patients can be seen in A&E within four hours.
  • By properly resourcing the NHS, Labour will stop the routine breach of safe levels of bed occupancy, and we will end mixed-sex wards.
  • deliver the Cancer Strategy for England in full by 2020, helping 2.5 million people living with cancer.
  • by properly resourcing ambulance services, we will end the scandal of slowing ambulance-response times.
  • would halt and review the NHS ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’, which are looking at closing health services across England, and ask local people to participate in the redrawing of plans with a focus on patient need rather than available finances.

CONSERVATIVES would

  • introduce a  green paper will also address system-wide issues to improve the quality of care and reduce variation in practice. This will ensure the care system works better with the NHS to reduce unnecessary and unhealthy hospital stays and delayed transfers of care, and provide better quality assurance within the care sector
  • introduce new services for employees to give them the support they need, including quicker access to mental health and musculoskeletal services.
  • back the implementation of the NHS – the Five Year Forward View  plan at a local level, through the Sustainability and Transformation Plans, providing they are clinically led and locally supported.
  • reform the contract for hospital consultants to reflect the changed nature of hospital care over the past twenty years.
  • legislate to reform and rationalise the current outdated system of professional regulation of healthcare professions, based on the advice of professional regulators, and ensure there is effective registration and regulation of those performing cosmetic interventions.
  • help the million and more NHS clinicians and support staff develop the skills they need and the NHS requires in the decades ahead.
  • encourage the development of new roles and create a diverse set of potential career paths for the NHS workforce.
  • In hospitals, we will make sure patients receive proper consultant supervision every day of the week with weekend access to the key diagnostic tests needed to support urgent care.
  • also ensure hospitals can discharge emergency admissions at a similar rate at weekends as on weekdays, so that when someone is medically fit to leave hospital they can, whichever day of the week it is.
  • retain the 95 per cent A&E target and the 18-week elective care standard so that those needing care receive it in a timely fashion.
  • hold NHS England’s leaders to account for delivering their plan to improve patient care.
  • If the current legislative landscape is either slowing implementation or preventing clear national or local accountability, we will consult and make the necessary legislative changes. This includes the NHS’s own internal market, which can fail to act in the interests of patients and creates costly bureaucracy. So we will review the operation of the internal market and, in time for the start of the 2018 financial year, we will make non-legislative changes to remove barriers to the integration of care.
  • make clinical outcomes more transparent so that clinicians and frontline staff can learn more easily from the best units and practices, and where there is clear evidence of poor patient outcomes, we will take rapid corrective action.
  • empower patients, giving them a greater role in their own treatment and use technology to put care at their convenience.
  • provide exceptional care to patients whenever they need it.
  • want England to be the first nation in the world to provide a truly seven-day healthcare service
  • continue to help the NHS on its journey to being the safest healthcare system in the world.
  • work to reduce stigma and discrimination and implement in full the Transforming Care Programme.

LIBDEMS would

  •  produce a national workforce strategy, ensuring that we never again experience a shortage in the numbers of GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and other professionals that the NHS needs
  • Remodel the health care funding system to eliminate perverse incentives, by moving away from payments for activity and introducing tariffs that encourage joined-up services and promote improved outcomes for patients and better preventive care.

GREENS would

  • Scrap NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

4. Politicians must ensure the health service is a priority during Brexit negotiations

 The BMA calls on all political parties to:

– give highly skilled EU doctors and medical researchers currently in the UK, on whom the health service relies, permanent residence in the UK

– ensure a flexible immigration system, which meets the needs of the UK health service and medical research sector

– preserve reciprocal arrangements, including mutual recognition of professional qualifications and measures that protect patient safety

– secure ongoing access to EU research programmes and research funding, to maintain the UK’s world-leading science and research base

– ensure Brexit does not hinder the UK’s ability to play a leading role in European and international efforts to tackle global health threats

– address the unique impact Brexit may have on the health service in Northern Ireland.

LIBDEMS would

  • fight the threat Brexit poses to medical research funding.
  • guarantee the rights of all NHS and social care service staff who are EU nationals to stay in the UK.

LABOUR would

  • immediately guarantee the rights of EU staff working in our health and care services.

CONSERVATIVES would

  • make it a priority in our negotiations with the European Union that the 140,000 staff from EU countries can carry on making their vital contribution to our health and care system.
  • NHS will always treat people in an emergency, no matter where they are from, we will recover the cost of medical treatment from people not resident in the UK.
  • ensure that new NHS numbers are not issued to patients until their eligibility has been verified.
  • increase the Immigration Health Surcharge, to £600 for migrant workers and £450 for international students, to cover their use of the NHS.

5. Politicians must commit to stabilise general practice in the face of soaring demand, a critical shortage of GPs and excessive bureaucracy

The BMA calls on all political parties to:

– ensure the best possible patient experience by putting in place the necessary funding and support to deliver manageable, safe workloads for GPs

– make general practice more attractive as a career option to increase recruitment and retention of the GPs upon whom the health service relies.

LABOUR would

  • focus resources on services to provide care closer to home and deliver a truly 21st century health system.
  • work towards a new model of community care that takes into account not only primary care but also social care and mental health.
  • increase funding to GP services to ensure patients can access the care they need

 

CONSERVATIVES would

  • expect GPs to come together to provide greater access, more innovative services, share data and offer better facilities, while ensuring care remains personal – particularly for older and more vulnerable people – with named GPs accountable for individual patients.
  • support GPs to deliver innovative services that better meet patients’ needs, including phone and on-line consultations and the use of technology to triage people better so they see the right clinician more quickly.
  • ensure appropriate funding for GPs to meet rising costs of indemnity in the short term while working with the profession to introduce a sustainable long-term solution.
  • introduce a new GP contract to help develop wider primary care services.
  • Have routine weekend or evening appointments at either their own GP surgery or one nearby to the whole population by 2019.
  • continue to take action to reduce obesity and support our National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

LIBDEMS would

  • Promote easier access to GPs, expanding evening and weekend opening to meet the needs of local patients, encouraging online, phone and Skype appointments, encouraging GPs to work together in federations and allowing people more choice.
  • Provide national support to struggling GP practices, preventing mass practice closures.
  • Support GPs to come together to collectively provide services such as out-of normal-opening-hours appointments.
  • Use innovation funding to promote GP-led multidisciplinary health and care hubs, including mobile services to keep people out of hospital.
  • Encourage GPs and other community clinicians to work in disadvantaged areas through our Patient Premium – which would give incentive payments to clinicians.

4. Politicians must take urgent action to improve the health of the population and reverse cuts to public health

 

The BMA calls on all political parties to:

– work with health professionals to deliver a public health strategy focused on tackling the causes of ill health over a generation

– deliver on the existing commitment to ensure parity of esteem between physical and mental health services

– prioritise measures to tackle the impact of unhealthy food and drink, tobacco and alcohol on the public’s health.

ON PUBLIC AND MENTAL HEALTH, and IT

LIB-DEMS would

  • Ringfence funding from within the one penny Income Tax rise, to provide additional investment in mental health
  • Continue to roll out access and waiting time standards for children, young people and adults. This will include a guarantee that people will not wait more than six weeks for therapy for depression or anxiety and no young person will wait more than two weeks for treatment when they experience a first episode of psychosis.
  • Increase access to clinically- and cost-effective talking therapies so that hundreds of thousands more people can receive this support
  • keep public health within local government, where it is effectively joined up with preventive community services, and reinstate the funding cut from public health budgets by the Conservatives
  • transform mental health support for pregnant women, new mothers and those who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth, and help them get early care when needed.
  • Tackle stigma against mental ill-health, including by building on the good work done by organisations such as Heads Together and changing the standard of proof in suicide conclusions in the Coroner’s Court.
  • Ensure that LGBT+ inclusive mental health services receive funding and support. Medical research is vital for developing new and better treatments.
  • Make Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention available on the NHS.
  • Ensure that all front-line public service professionals, including in schools and universities, receive better training in mental health.
  • Support innovation in how organisations can empower staff and patients, including learning from innovative social enterprises delivering community and mental health services
  • Ensure that no one in crisis is turned away, with new waiting time standards  and better crisis care in accident and emergency departments, in the community and via phone lines. This will enable us to end the use of police cells for people facing a mental health crisis.
  • End out-of-area placements, ensuring those admitted to hospital for mental ill-health are able to be treated close to home.
  • Roll out the Liaison and Diversion programme nationally, helping to identify people who have mental health problems, learning disabilities, substance misuse or other vulnerabilities when they first come into contact with the criminal justice system.
  • Move towards a health and social care system that empowers and encourages people to better manage their own health and conditions and to live healthier lives.
  • Publish a National Wellbeing Strategy, which puts better health and wellbeing for all at the heart of government policy.

CONSERVATIVES would

  • introduce a Mental Health Bill to put parity of esteem at the heart of treatment
  • continue to rectify the injustice suffered by those with mental health problems, by ensuring that they get the care and support they deserve.
  • require all our medical staff to have a deeper understanding of mental health and all trainees will get a chance to experience working in mental health disciplines;
  • ensure medical exams better reflect the importance of this (mental health) area.
  • we will improve the co-ordination of mental health services with other local services, including police forces and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
  • make sure there is more support in every part of the country by recruiting up to 10,000 more mental health professionals
  • continue to expand the number of NHS approved apps that can help monitor care and provide support for physical and mental health conditions.
  • give patients, via digital means or over the phone, the ability to book appointments, contact the 111 service, order repeat prescriptions, and access and 69 update aspects of their care records, as well as control how their personal data is used.
  • promote technological solutions to prolong independent living, and invest in dementia research…..

LABOUR would

  • address historic public- health injustices.
  • ring-fence mental health budgets and ensure funding reaches the frontline.
  • work to reverse the damage done to mental health services under this Tory government, which is particularly hitting services for LGBT and BAME communities.
  • implement
    • the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, commonly known as the ‘sugar tax’.
    • a strategy for the children of alcoholics based on recommendations drawn up by independent experts
    • a Tobacco Control Plan, focusing on issues of mental health and young smokers.
  • end the scandal of children being treated on adult mental health wards and stop people being sent across the country, away from their support networks, to secure the treatment they need by bringing forward the ending of out-of-area placements to 2019.
  • bring an end to the neglect of children’s mental health.
  • invest in early intervention by increasing the proportion of mental health budgets spent on support for children and young people.
  • ensure that access to a counselling service is available for all children in secondary schools.
  • ask the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to evaluate the potential for increasing the range of evidence- based psychological therapies on offer.
  • maintain their commitment to improve sexual-health services, especially HIV services which will include reducing the rates of undiagnosed and late- diagnosed HIV, ending the stigma of HIV in society, and promoting the increased availability of testing and treatment.
  • ensure that NHS England completes the trial programme to provide PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) as quickly as possible, and fully roll out the treatment to high-risk groups to help reduce HIV infection

 LIB DEMS would

  • Introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol, subject to the final outcome of the legal challenge in Scotland.
  • Promote healthy eating and exercise, making people aware of the dangers of smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol and other drugs, and helping to improve mental health and wellbeing.
  • Support effective public awareness campaigns such as Be Clear on Cancer and learn from what works when designing new health promotion campaigns to change behaviour.
  • Encourage the traffic-light labelling system for food products and publication of information on calorie, fat, sugar and salt content in restaurants and takeaways.
  • Introduce mandatory targets on sugar reduction for food and drink producers.
  •  Reduce smoking rates, introducing a levy on tobacco companies so they fairly contribute to the costs of health care and smoking cessation services.
  • Develop a public health campaign promoting the steps people can take to improve their own mental resilience – the wellbeing equivalent of the ‘Five a Day’ campaign.
  • Support good practice among employers in promoting wellbeing and ensure people with mental health problems get the help they need to stay in or find work, with a ‘wellbeing premium’ to reward employers who take clear action to measurably improve the health of their employees.

GREENS would

  • Bring mental health care in line with physical health care and ensure people experiencing mental health crises are supported close to their home and support networks.
  • Introduce mental health awareness training within the public sector and encourage a more open dialogue on the issue in wider society.

ON PHARMACIES, THERAPIES AND THERAPEUTIC DRUGS

CONSERVATIVES  would

  • support more integrated working, including ensuring community pharmacies can play a stronger role to keep people healthy outside hospital within the wider health system.
  • will implement the recommendations of the Accelerated Access Review to make sure that patients get new drugs and treatments faster while the NHS gets best value for money and remains at the forefront of innovation

LABOUR would

  • halt pharmacy cuts and review provision to ensure all patients have access to pharmacy services, particularly in deprived or remote communities.
  • tackle the growing problem of rationing of services and medicines across England, taking action to address ‘postcode lotteries’ and making sure that the quality of care you receive does not depend on which part of the country you live in.
  • ensure all NHS patients get fast access to the most effective new drugs and treatments, and insist on value-for-money agreements with pharmaceutical companies.
  • hold a public enquiry into contaminated blood.
  • hold a public inquiry into medicines, including Valproate, medical devices and medical products licensing and regulation.

LIB DEM would

  • Ensure that any changes to the way pharmacies are funded do not leave local areas without reasonable access to a community pharmacist.
  • Implement the recommendations of the O’Neill report on antimicrobial resistance to ensure responsible prescribing and investment in diagnostics and innovation
  • Implement the recommendations of the Keogh review to regulate cosmetic surgery and ensure that the NHS is not picking up the tab for private malpractice.
  • develop a just settlement for haemophiliacs who were given contaminated blood, and for their families.
  • Review the rules for exemption from prescription charges to ensure they are fair to those with long-term conditions and disabilities.

ON CHILD HEALTH

LABOUR would

  • take action to significantly reduce infant deaths and to ensure all families who lose a baby receive appropriate bereavement support.
  • invest in children’s health, bringing in a new government ambition for our children to be the healthiest in the world.
  • fight health inequalities to break the scandalous link between child ill-health and poverty.
  • introduce a new Index of Child Health to measure progress against international standards, and report annually against four key indicators: obesity, dental health, under-fives and mental health.
  • set up a new £250 million Children’s Health Fund to support our ambitions.
  • increase the number of health visitors and school nurses
  • publish a new childhood obesity strategy within the first 100 days, with proposals on advertising and food labelling.
  • make a concerted effort to address poor childhood oral health in England.
  • set the ambition to make our country autism-friendly

LIB DEMS would

  • Develop a strategy to tackle childhood obesity, including restricting the marketing of junk food to children, restricting TV advertising before the 9pm watershed and closing loopholes in the sugary drinks tax.
  • Examine the case for introducing a dedicated service for children and young people based on the Australian ‘headspace’ model and building on many excellent youth information, advice and counselling services

CONSERVATIVES would

  • ensure all families who lose a baby are given the bereavement support they need, including a new entitlement to child bereavement leave.
  • support NHS dentistry to improve coverage and reform contracts so that we pay for better outcomes, particularly for deprived children.
  • require the NHS to continue to reduce infant and maternal deaths, which remain too high.

GREENS would

  • review the effectiveness of how public services are structured, sensitive to the needs of all people, including assessment of how care is provided at the transition age of 18.

ON CARE SERVICES

LABOUR would

  • lay the foundations of a National Care Service for England.
  • build a new National Care Service.
  • increase the social care budgets by a further £8 billion over the lifetime of the next Parliament, including an additional £1 billion for the first year.
  • increase the Carer’s Allowance for unpaid full-time carers to align the benefit with rates of the Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • The National Care Service will be built alongside the NHS, with a shared requirement for single commissioning, partnership arrangements, pooled budgets and joint working arrangements.
  • build capacity to move quickly towards a joined-up service that will signpost users to all the appropriate services at the gateway through which they arrive.
  • seek consensus on a cross-party basis about how it should be funded, with options including wealth taxes, an employer care contribution or a new social care levy.
  • will create a more equal society for the many by working with communities, civil society and business to reduce loneliness.

 LIBDEMS would

  • finish the job of implementing a cap on the cost of social care,
  • Move towards single place-based budgets for health and social care by 2020, allowing local areas to decide how best to provide the full spectrum of care for their community.
  • Ensure those who work in the social care sector are properly trained, with accessible career pathways, and are suitable to practice by introducing a statutory code of conduct backed up by a care workers’ suitability register.
  • Raise the amount people can earn before losing Carer’s Allowance from £110 to £150 a week, and reduce the number of hours’ care per week required to qualify.
  • Give the NHS a legal duty to identify carers and develop a Carer’s Passport scheme to inform carers of their NHS rights, such as flexible visiting hours and access to support.

CONSERVATIVES would

  • give workers a new statutory entitlement to carer’s leave, as enjoyed in other countries.
  • deal with increased demand for social care, fund and improve our National Health Service
  • ensure that (police) commissioners sit on local health and wellbeing

ON EDUCATION , RESEARCH AND TRIALS

LABOUR would

  • ensure that everyone with a long-term condition, such as those with diabetes, will have the right to a specialised care plan, and access to condition-management education.
  • re-introduce bursaries and funding for health-related degrees
  • support doctors to deliver the best care possible by investing in the training, education and development of doctors throughout their careers.

CONSERVATIVES would

  • reform medical education, including helping universities and local health systems work closer together to develop the roles and skills needed to serve patients.
  • significantly increase our funding of UK-led medical and technical research into the biggest threats to global health and prosperity.

LIB DEMS would

  • Reinstate student nurse bursaries
  • Continue to promote and invest in the Frontline programme to fast-track exceptional graduates into children’s social work, as well as the Think Ahead scheme aimed at encouraging high-achieving graduates to pursue a career in mental health social work.
  • support the principle that all medical trials using public facilities or resources should comply with the Open Trials standards and that a fair proportion of all public funding for medical research should be focused on research into mental ill-health.
  • favour the further development of open access academic journals

ON WHISTLEBLOWERS

LIB DEM would

  • protect NHS whistle-blowers.

LABOUR would

  • support NHS whistleblowers to make sure health service staff are able to speak up in support of the best possible standards for patients.

ON NHS PAY AND CONDITIONS

LIB DEM would

  • End the public sector pay freeze for NHS workers

LABOUR would

  • fund free parking in NHS England – for patients, staff and visitors – by increasing the tax on private medical insurance premiums.
  • make it an aggravated criminal offence to attack NHS staff
  • step in with a long-term workforce plan for our health service that gives staff the support they need to do the best for their patients.
  • scrap the NHS pay cap, put pay decisions back into the hands of the independent pay review body and give our NHS workers the pay they deserve.
  • protect patients and legislate to ensure safe staffing levels in the NHS.

CONSERVATIVE would

  • strengthen the entitlement to flexible working to help those with caring responsibilities for young children or older relatives.
  • act to reduce bullying rates in the NHS, which are far too high. We will take vigorous and immediate action against those who abuse or attack the people who work for and make our NHS.

ON REGULATORY BODIES AND STANDARDS

CONSERVATIVES would

  • legislate for an independent healthcare safety investigations body in the NHS.
  • extend the scope of the CQC to cover the health-related services commissioned by local authorities
  • set new standards in some priority areas and also improve our response to historically underfunded and poorly understood disease groups.
  • pilot the live publication of waiting times data for A&Es and other urgent care services.
  • ensure patients have the information they need to understand local services and hold them to account.

 ON OLD AGE AND END OF LIFE

LIB DEM would

  • Provide more choice at the end of life and move towards free end-of-life social care, whether people spend their last days at home or in a hospice.
  • Evaluate the valuable work of hospices with a view to putting them on a more sustainable financial footing and allowing them to expand their services.

CONSERVATIVES would

  • give people security in old age and caring for those with long-term health conditions, whilst making sure we are fair to younger generations.
  • means test Winter Fuel Payments, focusing assistance on the least well-off pensioners, who are most at risk of fuel poverty. The money released will be transferred directly to health and social care, helping to provide dignity and care to the most vulnerable pensioners and reassurance to their families.
  • improve the care we give people at the end of life.
  • fulfil the commitment we made that every person should receive attentive, high quality, compassionate care, so that their pain is eased, their spiritual needs met and their wishes for their closing weeks, days and hours respected. 

LABOUR would

  • build a new National Care Service. We will also set out the funding alternatives clearly and honestly, seeking to implement change through consensus. Providing dignity and care in old age should transcend party politics and campaign slogans
  • ensure high quality, personalised care for people approaching the end of their life, wherever and whenever they need it.

GREENS would

  • Have a major investment in social care for the elderly and all those who need it.
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